Four-year-old Shmuly Oirechman was seriously injured when an arrow struck him in the eye. It was a family fun day in honor of Lag B’Omer when children play with bows and arrows. Shmuly’s right eye was severely damaged.
His mother, Chana, co-director of Chabad of Tallahassee and Florida State University had given birth four days earlier. Now the couple found themselves back in the hospital.
As Shmuly began to undergo surgeries to save his eye, a team of his father’s friends, most directors of Chabad houses themselves, came together to support him.
Rabbi Berel Goldman, a friend of the Oirechman family and a shliach to University of Florida, in Gainesville, a short drive south of Tallahassee was quick to help. Anticipating the family’s need, he galvanized a team of friends who helped set up a fundraising page with the goal of raising $75,000. To date, the “Do a Mitzvah for Shmuly” facebook page shows they’ve raised more than $67,000. The money will go to cover the financial needs of the family and the continuation of Chabad activities while Shmuly recovers.
“Rabbi Schneur and Chana Oirechman are bursting with love and always thinking of how they can help others,” Rabbi Goldman wrote in an open letter that was shared on Jewish news websites around the country. “We can come together to help them in their time of need. It’s what they would do for anyone else.”
The Oirechmans are grateful for the outpouring of prayers and the mitzvahs so many have pledged to do in honor of their son’s recovery. His hebrew name is Boruch Shmuel ben Chana.