Avnet’s second annual “Chesed Car Wash” got off to a sudsy start when campers scrubbed away at a steady stream of cars at the DRS campus. Benefiting Tomchei Shabbos Yad Yeshaya of the Five Towns, parents and community members took advantage of the top-notch shining services for their vehicles.
Introduced last year, the chesed program has become a meaningful addition to Avnet’s packed schedule of sports and specialties. Geared towards campers in third grade and up, sessions began with a discussion of “acts of kindness” and the importance of recognizing the good in the world and “being thankful,” or hakarat ha’tov. Some campers even made “gratitude glasses” so they will be able to “see” the good around them.
“We’re proud that chesed is one of our most popular programs and that our campers are demonstrating good middos on a daily basis,” said the director, Daniel Stroock. “We want to give our children continued opportunities to perform mitzvos while they enjoy their summer.”
Upcoming chesed projects include a “sensitivity training” so campers can understand how to show kindness to everyone, including people who may look or act differently. Children will also be creating board games for Chai Lifeline patients and sending letters of encouragement to terror victims in Israel.