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OHEL Sponsors Bais Ezra’s Sibshops Carnival

In just two years, the Sibshop program at OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services has grown in leaps and bounds throughout the New York area. This groundbreaking program empowers and enables children and teens with siblings who have a developmental disability to share their concerns and feelings amongst their peers, develop wonderful friendships, and just have fun!

On Sunday, April 27th, OHEL held an exciting Sibshops carnival in honor of their annual Sib Day Celebration. Over 100 people came to celebrate, including children with disabilities, their siblings, friends, family, and incredible volunteers. Each person was “clowned-out,” receiving a fun red clown nose, and creating their own paper clown mouth to wear. Once dressed up, they got to take their pictures in a fun photo booth! “Giggles the Clown” brought smiles to everyone’s faces with her balloon creations and good humor. In addition, all enjoyed delicious cookies, nosh, and fruit generously donated by Pomegranate Supermarket.

In order for the parents to be able to relax and enjoy themselves, OHEL ensured that there were designated counselors for the individuals with special needs.

Allyn Goowin put on a fabulous interactive balloon show and ensured everyone received an elaborate balloon creation of his/her choice. There were also delightful performances of classic stories like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” put on by volunteer performers—the Sibshop members!

After the carnival all the children were treated to fabulous prizes from the prize booth. After the event, one mom conveyed in a text, “A super great time was had by all! They really enjoyed! Thanks so much!” Another said “We can’t wait until the next Sibshops event!”

OHEL Bais Ezra’s Sibshop events are not just for teens. OHEL Bais Ezra runs monthly separate boys and girls groups for ages 6-11 as well in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway. For more information, contact Chayale Greenwald at 718-686-3491 or chayale_greenwald@ohelfamily. org.

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