The gift room of dreams built thanks to the generous donation Yair’s Gift House is a magical corner inside the hospital. This colorful and pleasant room contains cupboards filled with a variety of gifts and prizes intended for distribution to the children hospitalized in the hospital. The amazing Yair’s Gift House; ensures that boxes full of goodies are sent from time to time, combined with occasional donations from other generous donors, who fill the room with pampering and especially valuable gifts. Apart from the regular children's ward, the children who are hospitalized in the adolescent psychiatric ward and the girls from the eating disorders ward also enjoy this room. In the aforementioned wards, they experience particularly long hospitalizations characterized by periods of ups and downs in the conditions of the patients, where the special presents from the gift room help the struggling children and adolescents and encourage them to accomplish significant achievements on the way to stabilization.
The room is witness to moving moments, smiles on sad faces and even tears of joy, as well as touching moments when beautiful healthy children come to donate the birthday gifts they have received for the benefit of sick children. The gift room is an island of happiness and joy in a sea of pain and suffering. To donate designated gifts, please contact Chany. [email protected]
A wonderful addition to Mayanei Hayeshua, “Yair’s Gift Room” – was donated by “Yair’s Gift House” – a non-profit organization founded by Meirav Holander – which provides gifts and toys for hospitalized children to ‘cheer up the kids and bring a smile to their faces’.
The organization donated an entire room designed and decorated to delight children. The room is beautifully appointed with vibrantly colored walls and bright lights. Happy drawings are everywhere – on the closets, on the floor; the furnishings consist of kid-sized strong, round, ‘low to the ground’ wooden tables and chairs. Meirav, Yair’s Gift House founder, keeps close watch on inventory to make certain that the Room is always filled to the brim with toys and gifts.
Rikki Meiry manages Yair’s Gift Room. She chose to volunteer for this task as a way to honor the memory of her late sister, Rachel Bat Dvorah, A’H, who passed away from cancer. For Rikki, “it feels like a dream come true…I never thought the day would come that we would have a special, big room containing toys and gifts just to bring pleasure to sick children.” Rikki feel an extra special connection to Yair’s Gift Room because “the Room was officially inaugurated on the Yahrtzeit (anniversary of death) of my dear sister…Because of this it motivates me even more to continue working for the sake of bringing smiles to the faces of sick children.”
Rikki has a crew of teenage boy and girl volunteers who bring children hospitalized at Mayanei Hayeshua to Yair’s Gift Room. Children who are especially struggling with their in-hospital situation are taken there to choose a ‘special prize’ and to enjoy the upbeat, fun feeling of being in a special place just for kids despite being hospitalized. The joy and excitement experienced by these children is something to behold. Sadness is replaced by ‘simcha’; despair is replaced by delight. Other uses for the Room include:
- As an Arts and Crafts facility providing hospitalized children with activities
that are both fun and distracting.
- As a ‘Party Room’ in which children who are unfortunately hospitalized during specials occasions, like Birthdays, can still celebrate.