There is sadly too often opportunity to see what is wrong in the jewish world and feel depressingly bad about it all, so it is nice once in awhile to have the opportunity to see real goodness. Tucked away in the hospital where my MIL had open heart surgery this week and is B"H recovering now there is a small chessed room set up for bikur cholim which is stocked with coffee, drinks, cookies and snacks, sandwiches, soup, seforim, etc. Anyone who is visiting the hospital is free to enter and help themselves to whatever they need. There is no cash register, no collection box, no "suggested" donation card. The food is provided by the New Square Bikur Cholim and was being replenished by two women while we were there. As far as I can tell, the only thing the Squarer chassidim get out of the deal is making people's lives that much more tolerable during times of stress and need. This is pure chessed, no strings attached. You want to know what Avraham's tent out there in the wilderness was like? It was like this little bikur cholim room, where just because you are jewish you can feel free to stop in and help yourself, no questions asked.
New Square Bikur Cholim: thank you for the coffee, and thank you even more for this chizuk and reminder of the greatness of klal yisrael.
(And while I'm on the topic, thanks as well to Mrs. Doris (and Reb Johnny) Rothschild, who maintain the Bikur Cholim apt.in the neighborhood and who extend their chessed for Shabbos as well.)