Recently, The Fellowship organized an outing to the beach for homebound elderly in the city of Kiryat Gat, Israel. Volunteers picked up the elderly from their homes using special vehicles with wheelchair lifts. Some elderly haven’t seen the sea for a long time, and they felt great joy during their visit.
One of the elderly men, Shmuel, 86, requires round-the-clock nursing care. He hasn't seen the sea for years. When he reached the shore, he was like a child seeing the water for the first time.
He lay down on the beach in his clothes, surrendering to the heat of the ground and the sun, as he waited for the waves to wash over his legs. After the first wave, he laughed.
“Tears flowed from my eyes all morning as I sat next to Shmuel in the water, and he told me of his difficult life,” said a Fellowship volunteer. “He spoke of his childhood, his marriage, and his being alone. He expressed such joy and thanks for this moment.”
The Fellowship feels blessed to not only provide basic needs to the needy elderly across Israel, but also to provide them days of joy, like a beach trip, to lighten their spirits and provide them some comfort.