Saturday, March 3rd - 6:30 PM - 12:00 AM - Purim Carnival Set-up - MKT Social Hall
Sunday, March 4th - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Purim Carnival and Clean Up - MKT Social Hall
Tuesday, March 6th - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Cooking with Ryan Youth Lounge - MKT Kitchen
Wednesday, March 7th - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Purim Play and Services - MKT Sanctuary
Tuesday, March 20th - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Lounge Night - Youth Lounge
Friday, March 23rd - Sunday, March 25th - SATO Kinnus - Congregation Ner Tamid, Palos Verdes, CA
Saturday, March 31st - 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Passover Night Out - MKT Social Hall
The David L. Simon Center for Education and Tikkun Olam at Midbar Kodesh Temple collected coloring books and crayons to bring a little sunshine to the days of cancer patience undergoing chemo treatment for the "Coloring For Chemo" project. MKT USY President Ariel Kline was on hand to meet Amy Villareale-Hardy, the Creator/Director of "Coloring For Chemo" and to help Marcy Welt deliver the gifts.
Villareale-Hardy accidentally founded this project when she accompanied her friend and business partner Nina VanBeck-Laweler during long chemo therapy treatments. She brought coloring books and crayons to help pass the time, and offered them to other patients who seemed pleased to occupy themselves with artwork. As a thank you gesture to the nursing staff, Amy brought a basket of coloring goodies for others to use while at the chemo center. When the nurses ran out of the supplies they contacted her for more. Amy realized that she had found a simple project with a great need, and with help from her friends, founded "Coloring For Chemo."
Villareale-Hardy and VanBeck-Laweler continue to offer coloring supplies to chemo patients, burn victims and others requiring long term treatment. Their non-profit organization "Coloring For Chemo/Coloring For Comfort" collects these small gifts and they distribute them to the patients, carrying wicker baskets on red wagons into the hospitals and treatment centers. Amy's sister, Laurie Kinner, recently started a "Coloring For Chemo/Coloring For Comfort" in Tacoma, Washington. The Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City has asked that they bring their project to the Utah hospital.
For more information on "Coloring For Chemo/Coloring For Comfort" and how to bring this to your organization as a Tikkun Olam project go here or contact Amy Villareale-Hardy at (702) 809-5381.