Last week, an ambulance was called to a house in Netanya by the wife of an elderly man who had fallen. After he was treated, Romy Peled, a youth volunteer who was part of the crew, noticed that the couple needed more than just medical assistance.
“The patient told us about his and his wife’s financial distress and it really touched my heart,” said Romy. “When I went back to the station, I spoke to the other employees and volunteers, and everyone donated money so we could buy food and supplies for the couple.”
Four other youth volunteers joined Romy on the shopping expedition and brought the goods to the couple. Surprised and touched by their special visit, the wife said, “We called an ambulance for help and received a team of angels. We are so very grateful to them.”
Some 14,000 teenagers between 14 and 17 years-old comprise Magen David Adom’s Youth Volunteer Corps. Youth volunteers are first-aid providers who have participated in a 60-hour Basic Life Support course. Many of them continue to volunteer as adults or join the staff.