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NCFJE volunteers handed out VR Goggles to divert children's attention away from the discomfort of medical procedures. Doctors called them game-changers.

By COLlive reporter

Toys for Simcha, a special project of Toys for Hospitalized Children, was launched last month with a visit to the Emek Medical Center in Afula, Israel, the largest hospital in the region.

Volunteers arrived at Emek Medical Center bringing toys and gifts for the young patients as is done with hospitals and medical centers in the New York area.

In what was praised as a “game-changer,” Toys for Simcha presented the hospital with 25 pairs of virtual reality goggles, a head-worn apparatus that completely covers the eyes for an immersive 3D experience.

The VR Goggles, which divert children’s attention away from the discomfort of medical procedures, were welcomed by the medical staff and will be deployed during scheduled treatment.

Toys for Simcha is a special project of Toys for Hospitalized Children, an affiliate of the NCFJE spearheaded by Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht OBM in the 1950s. Toys for Simcha was launched with grants from “The King of Fun,” Mr. Stewart Rahr, Mr. Asher Zamir, and Mr. Abe Podolsky.

For more info, visit ToysforSimcha.org

A heartwarming story:

Chana was diagnosed with a brain tumor, R"L. She is just 14 years old and battling this terrible illness. We set out to bring her happiness and joy. Yesterday we made a private concert for her in her home with the Jewish Superstar Avraham Fried. We gifted Chana an iPad to keep her mind occupied during these difficult times. 

Avraham Fried, Mekimi entertainers, and a keyboard musician volunteered their time and talent to bring joy to Chana and her family. Thank you! 

May Chana be blessed with a speedy recovery.

At Toys for Hospitalized Children, we bring happiness and healing to precious angels just like Chana.

Thank you for your support!

Warmly,

Partners @ Toys For Hospitalized Children