July 23rd, 2017 – Bi-annual eye clinic has become part of activities of Helping Hand Coalition for Israel (עמותת יד לעזרה ישראל), with its volunteers traveling all over the land of Israel every time the eye clinic team visits the country.
During one week the clinic went to Akko, Haifa, Kiryat Motzkin, Ashdod and Ashkelon – all towns and cities with large numbers of survivors. In Akko, we worked together with Abundant Hope International to serve the residents of that city. Everyone was checked and had an opportunity to receive a pair of reading, distance and sunglasses. When one of the survivors was told that the glasses are free, she ran to the technician and kissed him out of thankfulness.
In Kiryat Motzkin we went to an elderly hostel and helped 70 survivors to receive help with eye glasses.
In Haifa, we assisted 64 Ghetto and Concentration Camp Survivors receive free eyeglasses and listened to many heart-breaking stories about WWII.
We spent two days in Ashdod, one of the largest cities in the south of Israel, and helped 180 survivors to get new free glasses. They were very thankful to everyone who helped.
Distributing eye glasses to survivors is always a very touching and memorable event. It is always more than just giving out a new pair or two of glasses. There is always connecting, listening, getting to know more people.
We are thankful to the team of technicians that keep coming to Israel twice a year to provide this truly priceless service and to volunteers in every city who worked together with us so we could help so many people.
Ashkelon: and look what happens when survivors bring unusual glasses for the technicians to check out: