S: MEKIMI; THE MASTERMIND OF PATIENT ENTERTAINMENT
1: Bright summer days don't penetrate hospital walls and those long lazy days of summer can be dark, lonely and dreary days for children that are not well. Enter Mekimi; with a ray of sunshine and an array of activities to liven up their lives. The various Mekimi projects leave a sparkle on all the participants; they bring smiles to faces that haven't smiled in a long time, dares them to hope for a better future and alleviates the stress borne by the family and patient during the trial and tribulation of disease. Mekimi-spreading sunshine where its needed most! | Dear Mr. and Mrs. Avigdor Berkowitz, On behalf of the Mekimi patients and their families; Thanks for making the almost impossible, possible!!! Rabbi Shimshon Heszkel Executive Director Rabbi Shloime Reichberg Director
2: DVD Lending Library
3: DVD players and DVD's for every age and interest have been available at our 15 worldwide locations throughout the summer. With an inventory of over 2500 10-inch DVD players and a collection of over 300,000 entertainment DVD's the bedridden and mobility restricted patients were entertained! | DVD Player Loan Program
4: Live Hook-Ups | We establish live hookups to bring family milestones and celebrations right to the patient's bedside so they can feel part of it and absorb every last detail! This is our most technically complex and challenging project to date, but it is one of the most satisfying.
5: We are currently located in Torah V'Yirah, Ateres Golda, Ateres Chaya, Ateres Chinka, Belz, Imperial, Ateres Abraham, Continental, and Eden Palace. In addition we have three portable systems for weddings and events not in our permanent hookup locations.
6: Park House Mobile Home
7: For hospitalized patients, nothing quite uplifts the spirit as much as having family nearby. Mekimi's luxurious mobile home hosted families the entire summer in very close proximity to the hospital. The sizable mobile home comfortably accommodates up to 15 people. It was fully loaded and stocked with lavish meals, reading materials, DVD players with DVDS throughout the hot summer days.
8: Creative Balloons and Entertainment
9: The Mekimi office is fully stocked with the most amazing and massive helium balloons for all occasions, including birthday balloons, summer theme balloons such as bar-b-q and ice cream balloons, as well as exciting Get Well balloons. These balloons brighten up the patient's room and put smiles on their faces.
10: SPREADING SUNSHINE
11: WHERE IT'S NEEDED MOST!
13: Many families joined together to bask in the glow of the the famous Macy's July 4th fireworks celebration. Special front row accommodations were arranged with Macy's and city officials so that patients could participate in this event in comfort and privacy.
15: Moms Retreat | Moms
16: Siblings Program
19: Lake George
20: Niagara Falls