One of SDSU Hillel’s favorite annual traditions is to raise funds for Save a Child’s Heart, an organization in Israel that brings kids from all over the world to Israel for free to receive life-saving heart surgery. This year, in partnership with AEPi fraternity, we raised $400 selling donuts and roses for Valentine’s Day!

Our Birthright trip visits Save a Child’s Heart every summer and the experience has always been a highlight for the participants, who learn that since 1995, Save a Child’s Heart has treated over 5,460 children suffering from congenital and rheumatic heart disease. The children suffering from heart disease come from around the globe, from 62 countries where adequate medical care is not available. Approximately half of the children treated are from the Middle East, including the Palestinian Authority, (West Bank and Gaza), Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Morocco. More than 40% are from Africa and the remainder from Asia, Eastern Europe and the Americas.