It had been a lonely summer for *David. School was out which ought to have meant lots of free time to enjoy with friends. But David’s friends were off enjoying summer camps and activities which his own mom couldn’t afford as a single parent who was working hard to make ends meet. There was one event however, that David could look forward to. The annual pool day sponsored by CBN Israel.
David and his mom joined sixty other single mothers and their children for a day of food, fun and fellowship at the pool of the Yehuda Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel. The mothers caught up on the current events in each other’s lives while the children begged CBN Israel staff member, Arik, to toss them in the water one more time. One mom later commented, “Arik is like a spiritual father to us all.”
When everyone had worked up a healthy appetite, a luxurious dinner was provided in the hotel dining room. The evening came to a close with the presentation of vouchers to local stores in which the mothers with young children could purchase the much needed supplies for the fast approaching school year. The women were full of gratitude. Among their many thanks, came comments such as, “You are the only ones who think of us.”
As for David, this day was the highlight of his summer. His heart was full. But then his mom got a phone call. “You got in!” she said. “You are no longer on the waiting list.” A spot had opened up and the money has come through for David to attend a week of summer camp. “Wow!” David exclaimed. “Now I get to enjoy TWO things this summer!”
Thanks to those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel, these single mothers and their children are loved and cared for all throughout the year. In upcoming weeks, CBN Israel will be hosting dinners for hundreds of single mothers in six different cities throughout Israel. Would you consider giving a gift today?
*Name altered for privacy