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Teens Visit Orphanage

Posted on 07/13/2010 @ 11:45 AM

Bulgaria

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In a hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria, Jewish teens from across the United States in conjunction with a delegation of Jewish teens from throughout Bulgaria devised a formula designed to provide much needed escape for fifteen Bulgarian orphans from the trials and tribulations of their every day life. Incorporating, games, gifts, snacks, and hours to spend bonding, this coalition provided these six, seven, and eight year olds with an extraordinary event.

A handful of teens accompanied staff members to the orphanage to meet and transport this select group of orphans back to an anxiously awaiting group of teens fully equipped with open arms and gigantic hearts. The teens well supplied arsenal of good will also included donations of stuffed animals, toys, underwear, socks, clothing, and candy that had been collected by teens prior to travel to be distributed to these needy children in exchange for endless smiles and appreciative hugs.

The first steps off the bus at Hotel Harmony set the tone for the rest of the day. Teens that had ventured to the orphanage had already appeared to swiftly bond with the kids as some exited the bus holding an orphan in their arms and others confidently holding hands with their new friends. The other awaiting participants rushed to meet our little guests of honor and begin a day that all parties involved will surely remember for the rest of their lives.

An evenly distributed group of precious girls and adorable boys immediately clicked with eager teens as they commenced a day of dancing, wiffle ball, puzzle solving, song singing, reading, eating, and memory making. As the day went on, orphans and teens conquered obstacles including language barriers, cultural differences, and even medical conditions such as deafness to wholly embrace an undoubtedly unforgettable experience.

At the end of the day, the orphans and teens said their goodbyes, and the children, escorted by a handful of participants, boarded the bus for their ride back to the orphanage with stuffed animals in hand and memories of a truly special day in their hearts.

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