After two years when the entire world could not celebrate, rejoice, or spend time with loved ones, we were finally able to throw a celebration this year for Purim.
Last Thursday, the doors of the Millennium Center were opened to families of victims of war and violence. Hundreds of parents, children, and grandparents came dressed up in costumes to celebrate and enjoy themselves. We worked hard to make sure that this celebration was special and really captured the joy we feel to be able to gather once again.
There was no shortage of things to do. We had huge trampolines and colorful inflatables where the children could jump and play. We had target shooting games and a face painting booth where artists helped both children and adults to get into the spirit of the day.
There were creative art corners where the participants made masks, rattles, little plaques, and more.
We hosted a drumming workshop and a juggling workshop where attendees could learn a fun new skill. Clowns put on a show and handed out prizes to guests throughout the party.
Coffee, cookies, popcorn, cotton candy, and pastries were available throughout the reception until lunch.
For lunch, we had falafel, fresh burgers, and chicken kebabs, all of which were prepared on-site in front of the guests. There were delectable breads, dips, and colorful salads to accompany the main dishes.
At the end of the event, the guests got to watch a circus show, which made laughter echo throughout the Millennium Center. It was a joyous sound after all of this time in isolation.
MDA provided an ambulance and volunteers, to make sure that everyone stayed safe all day long. This reassurance is key for many terror survivors.
It was gratifying to see the joy, smiles, and happiness in the eyes of the event attendees. They all expressed their deep gratitude and appreciation for all the effort we put into the event. This was a special and important event for many families, who have been robbed of a lot of joy throughout their lives.
We are always thrilled to be able to host these important events and grow the Vision for Israel community. We look forward to future gatherings such as this, made possible by our generous donors.