Hatzalah of Baltimore will hold its 10th Anniversary Carnival at the Bnos Yisroel campus on Sunday, Sept. 11.
Hatzalah’s executive director Dovid Heyman laid out a full day of activities and tasty carnival favorite foods that will be offered and will allow for a “very, very family-friendly” event whose proceeds will go to the continued support of this local Hatzalah chapter.
Launched in 2007, Hatzalah of Baltimore is a group of volunteer emergency first-responders that services the Northwest region of the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. According to Heyman’s numbers, his organization responds to as many as 1,500 calls a year.
“And we take all kinds of calls,” he said, adding that his team can operate quickly over a large area due to its 30 trained volunteers ready to be dispatched at a moment’s notice. The volunteers are assisted by 20 “dispensers” or those who take calls and coordinate with emergency volunteers.
Each member of Heyman’s group must attend special education classes every two weeks and is consistently working on strengthening his or her skills.
“We’re an organization that always goes the extra mile, because we feel a connection to the people we are serving,” Heyman said.
The 10th Anniversary Carnival will be a celebration bustling with rides, face painting and balloon animal booths, along with the sale of hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy. Considering that it falls on Sept. 11, Heyman said the carnival will also be an opportunity for a reverent remembrance of the tragic events of 9/11.
Heyman explained that New York’s Hatzalah volunteers were some of the first to respond to the 9/11 attack sites. It is partly for this reason that Hatzalah will screen a short documentary about the events of 9/11 that showcases New York Hatzalah’s heroic work during this traumatic period in American history.
The documentary will be shown every two hours during the event.
“Attendees can expect a good time while supporting a great cause for our community,” Heyman said.
>>Baltimore Hatzalah presents its 10th Anniversary Carnival on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Bnos Yisroel, 6300 Park Heights Ave. For more information and tickets, visit facebook.com/ hatzalahbaltimore.