Now I see what it’s all about. I never knew. I’m a nice person just like everyone else. I like to help others. I often volunteer to drive people to the hospital and such. But I never really understood. Until yesterday. I was scheduled to undergo eye surgery at Hadassah Ein Kerem. Driving was out of the question. It was Chanukah vacation and my husband had to be home with the kids. I had no one to ask to drive me and it occurred to me to call Ezer Mizion’s Linked to Life – that’s you! I’ve been a member of Ezer Mizion’s Linked to Life for ages but this time I was ‘doing it backwards’ and had to look up the number that people call. Normally I answer requests, not make them. The people at the call center were really nice. The experience was amazing. I saw the post appear in the queue that I always check to see if there’s anything I can help with and, for the first time, I felt what it’s like to be on the other side, as a recipient asking for help. Then I got to see in real time how it works. The speed was unbelievable. My bell rang almost immediately. Suddenly, I understood what a tremendous chessed you do. I understood now why the women I take in my car so easily can’t stop thanking me and saying what a huge help it is. Now I understood, because I felt it on my own skin!
I want to thank you and tell you how fantastic you all are and how much happiness you bring with this marvelous work that you do. I also want to personally thank Racheli, the wonderful person I never knew until yesterday, who drove me to the operation, and as soon as I got out of the car, asked to pick me up to take me home. She even asked if I’d like her to accompany me to the surgery, since I was compelled to come to the hospital alone.
A giant thanks to dear Sarah, whom I also met for the first time, who drove me back from Hadassah yesterday evening, after the operation and, with such sensitivity and offered to walk me to the door because of the big bandage covering the eye that was operated on. Racheli drove me home from Hadassah today after my follow-up visit and treatment.
Of course, in addition to all the trouble they took and their great help, their sincere good wishes and hearty blessings warmed my heart. You really touched me, Linked-to-Lifers! You caused me to be deeply moved by the beauty in this chessed that we all do.