Brighten Someone’s Day
On a hot July day last summer, we shone the spotlight on one of our core values: chesed, as we celebrated Kindness Day. Each village in camp did something to show chesed. Some washed the camp vehicles, others offered lemonade to passersby in camp, and many of us still carry small rocks to remind us the message we were told that day, “you rock.”
Who would have thought that less than 10 months later, we would be where we are today with many of us homebound as the COVID-19 situation continues. Luckily, we have a kehillah (community), to support us in these trying times. While we cannot all be together, we have heard and seen camp friends virtually get together, sing camp songs, and keep their spirits up. And most of us are homebound with our family, meaning we have a support system in place.
Sadly, that is not the case for everyone, particularly the elderly who are also the most vulnerable right now. Almost all nursing homes have gone into a policy allowing no visitors. The people living in nursing must be lonely, missing contact with those outside. This is where we as a kehillah can make a difference. We need your help, Camp Chi! To share the chesed we are known for, we are going to make cards, letters, and/or pictures to send to residents at these facilities to brighten their day.
Here’s what you can do:
- On an regular, unfolded 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, draw, write, or design whatever you believe will cheer someone up. It can be a letter, a joke, a picture, or anything else.
- Take a photo of your artwork.
- Email your photo to email@example.com
- We will collect everything and send them as one to the residents.
By doing this, not only are you doing a mitzvah, but you are showing the world that #ChiDoesGood, even in the most dire of situations.