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Volunteer Spotlight: Bat Mitzvah Project

Shanna Geiringer recently celebrated her Bat Mitzvah, which in the Jewish tradition is a rite of passage for 12–13 year old girls transitioning into adulthood. One part of the Bat Mitzvah process is performing Tikkun Olam, where Bat Mitzvah students are asked to complete a social action project to better the world. For Shanna´s social action project she chose to work with Project Sunshine to help provide a sense of normalcy to the healthcare environment for children who are facing medical challenges and their families.

Shanna recalls, "I wanted to work with kids who were hospitalized, so my mom did an online search and found Project Sunshine offered a way to help reach kids in the hospital." Shanna decided she wanted to make 100 basketball craft kits for children and teens facing medical challenges. In addition, she created a special card that was included in all of her Bat Mitzvah invitations with information of Project Sunshine´s mission, asking her friends and family to make a donation. Thanks to Shanna, Project Sunshine received several donations to honor her special day!

When asked what she thought of the experience she responded, "It was very rewarding because I pictured the craft kits bringing some calm and happiness to children who were in the hospital, feeling scared and maybe lonely. I love Project Sunshine because it helped me find a way to connect with hospitalized kids. Project Sunshine also made it so easy by giving me choices about what project to do and by even sending us the materials to our home."

In addition, her friends and family liked the cause, "They were very touched and moved by this project and this organization. One friend said it brought tears to her eyes. No one had heard of Project Sunshine and seemed happy to know about what it provides and thought my choice was a good one."

More Volunteer Stories of Interest

Sports Illustrated model, Damaris Lewis, volunteered for her second year as a Project Sunshine Dance Camp instructor to empower young women through dance.
Emilio Delgado, who has played Luis on Sesame Street for 40 years, brought sunshine to pediatric patients at Mount Sinai´s KidZone as part of Project Sunshine´s Book Club

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