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A Video to Warm the Heart
This moving video was screened at the annual event of the Friends of Yad Sarah in London and illustrates more than 40 years of activity - for the benefit of all Israelis. * In the video, veteran volunteer Vivian London speaks about her long association with Yad Sarah and the help that was there for her when she needed it * Photography and Editing: Simon Maurer * Research and Production: Benny Cohen, Public Relations
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Summer is a time for weddings, trips to the beach, family events. At Yad Sarah, drivers like Haim try to meet the demands of this busy season. By Yad Sarah site reporter Malka Malat Yahalom with a message from transportation coordinator Yaron Aviv in Jerusalem.

Haim Niego: "I am a volunteer driver at Yad Sarah in Rishon LeZion and also at the Day Rehabilitation Center there and I have many interesting stories to tell. The truth is that every passenger I take tugs at my heartstrings. And I run from place to place to help them and ask Yaron Aviv in Jerusalem to book me as many trips as possible." A month ago, we took the mother of the groom to the son's wedding - from Tel Aviv to Caesarea. When I arrived in Tel Aviv to take the woman to the wedding, I saw that she needed to take oxygen balloons with her and was not in good condition. I asked myself if it was a good idea to bring her to this wedding. But I was pleasantly surprised. Half an hour after we arrived, I went up to the hall to see what was going on. When the groom came to greet his bride, he first went to greet his mother and said, "I am so happy that you came and are with us at this special moment." I went outside and could not restrain myself and burst into tears. I said to myself, "Now I understand why I brought this woman in her condition to this wedding. It was worth it!" Another time, I went to the hospital to pick up an elderly woman to take to a family wedding. I called the family and they said to me, "Do us a favor, take care of her. We are very busy preparing." When I met the passenger, she burst into tears and said that everyone had abandoned her even though she was the grandmother. She said she didn't have any clothes suitable for such an event and how could she attend the wedding without proper clothes? So, I brought her clothes with my sisters. We brought her dressed beautifully to the wedding in Bnei Brak. And when she said, the driver, he did this, I was so happy! In the summer, there are more calls for transportation because there are more events and more people are going out. At least twice a month I take people in wheelchairs to the beach for disabled persons in Rishon LeZion. I also pick up tourists from hotels and from the airport. It happens all summer. "Let me tell you something, I took medical retirement. After all that happened to me - I experienced cardiac arrest - I began to volunteer and found volunteering to be the best medicine. Shopping and cooking for the Day Rehabilitation Center also gives me great pleasure. I hope to continue this way for the rest of my life." Yaron Aviv is the coordinator of activities for the Transportation Department based at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem. He adds, "In the summer, people in wheelchairs get out more, and among other things we take them on nature trips as part of the Yad Sarah tour program for people with disabilities. Among others, there was a trip to the Tel Aviv port. Now I'm arranging a trip for an organization for handicapped people who want to take a group to the North, including kayaking. We have many customers and word of mouth brings new ones. The message is that we pick up and bring passengers anywhere they want to go: To the mall, to the market, and to the museum. We do everything with joy and love. During the summer months, there are many tourists in Israel. The Tourism Desk in the Public Relations Division sends us many requests from tourists who come to Israel and ask for transportation from the airport, and many of them want a ride to the Western Wall and other important sites. With a fleet of 33 large vans and the addition of small vehicles for one wheelchair-bound passenger - we bring the summer to many. We are looking for volunteers all the time. The more drivers we have, the more people we can help.

 
 
Third Graders Collect 500 Coins for Yad Sarah
The children wanted to help others less fortunate

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A Day at Yad Sarah
Chanukah is over and winter is upon us, but at Yad Sarah it is business as usual. See photo gallery above. Read more...

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Giving Stays in the Family
Elisheva Printz, lending director of the Jerusalem region, writes about Yad Sarah's newest branch in Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz- Stone) under the direction of the Felheimer family. * The family is continuing its own tradition as well as that of Yad Sarah's, and has established a local branch in their home * Photography: David Rothner *

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Hagit Yasu Gives Back
Customers who come to the Yad Sarah branch in Sderot are surprised to see Hagit Yasu sitting in front of one of the computers. (pictured) Hagit is well known as the winner of the "Kochav Nolad" program six years ago and received lots of publicity following the win.

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Where Does a Family from Oklahoma Turn When They Need Help in a Medical Emergency? Why, to Yad Sarah, Of Course!

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Yad Sarah is Now Part of the Fun in Jerusalem Family
When Fun in Jerusalem owner and creator Joanna Shebson was looking for a venue to host her family event, she chose Yad Sarah and became a fan

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Our Young People Also Give Back
Thanks to Shmuel Friedman, a high school student who has been volunteering at Yad Sarah's Givataim branch this summer. Helping out in the computer department,Shmuel also helps people carry borrowed equipment to their cars. We wish him the best of luck in his studies next year at a Jerusalem yeshiva. To volunteer, please call *6444

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Beit Safafa: Amina Aliyan speaks the Yad Sarah language
YS site reporter Sumiya Al Nabari talks with the director of the Jerusalem Beit Safafa branch

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As the Music Played, the Patient with Parkinson's Stopped Shaking
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, talks about a moment when music became therapy * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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