LOXAHATCHEE, FL -- Cupid, a 4 year old giraffe at Lion Country Safari, is enjoying his lunch. The giraffe is bringing much joy to these kids who are dealing with terminal illnesses. They traveled thousands of miles from Israel to fulfill their dream of seeing animals up close and personal.
Joseph Zevuloni, founder of Joy For The Children, said:
"My organization is an all volunteer non-profit organization that emphasizes on the happiness for families and children who go through life-threatening illnesses and we try to enhance and improve their lives by taking them out to trips, dream come true vacations, giving gifts and some financial aid." The organization was started just a few months ago. During the short period of time, the organization has been making kids happy and giving them an opportunity to forget they are sick.
Zevuloni said, "Time is a very important factor because some children go through certain medical conditions that prevent them from enjoying a trip like this. And once they get their medical clearances, it's a golden opportunity for them to go out and enjoy life." Shoko Tomlas, who is a volunteer, loves entertaining the children. "In Israel we go to the hospitals and for birthday parties, that's what they need. They need to be happy. All the time they are in the hospitals with everything going on, it's pretty sad over there. So we just come here and go crazy with them and they love it, they like it , they deserve it, they really need it."
Lion Country Safari
2003 Lion Country Safari Road in Loxahatchee
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