Miriam is a 90-year-old woman who lives in Rishon LeZion and has not left her home for the past five years. Recently, Miriam’s granddaughter Meital turned to the mayor of Rishon LeZion, Raz Kinstlich, and to the Director of the Senior Citizens Division, Michal Swartz, with an interesting request. Meital asked for help and support in taking her grandmother Miriam out of her home for some fresh air.

The request was then transferred to United Hatzalah’s Rishon LeZion chapter head Shlomi Ben-Ami who immediately complied with the request. The next day, four United Hatzalah volunteers arrived at Miriam’s house, helped her down her apartment steps using a special chair, placed her in an ambulance, and drove her to Rishon LeZion beach.

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Miriam with the ambulance team

“What you did for my grandmother was so heartwarming,” said Meital. “After so many years that my grandmother hasn’t left her house, not only did you come and take her to the beach, but you did it all with so much respect and kindness. She was glowing with happiness, we ate ice cream together and spent a few hours enjoying the sun, and each other’s company. I would like to thank our mayor Mr. Raz Kinstlich, and Mrs. Michal Swartz, who even surprised my grandmother with a bouquet of flowers. Finally, I would like to thank the amazing United Hatzalah volunteers for allowing us to enjoy this amazing experience. On behalf of my grandmother Miriam, her children and grandchildren, and me, thank you.”

Shlomi Ben-Ami, Rishon LeZion chapter head added: “The moment the request made its way to us, we began preparing and setting a date. It was an amazing experience for us, having the opportunity to help and assist the residents of our beloved city the best we can. I would also like to thank the amazing volunteers, Oren Rosbasha, Moti Halbi, and Dmitry Kvartovsky, all of whom dropped what they were doing and helped with this incredible mission.

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