Every year, some 300 babies are abandoned in Israel. There are many reasons that these babies are rejected by their parent/parents. Some of the babies suffer from downs syndrome - others
from a variety of birth defects and many are simply unwanted. As sad as it is, more than anything else, the babies need love. "First Hug" has 3,000 volunteers that go to hospitals all over Israel.
Their task is to spend hours hugging and loving these babies until they are adopted.
It is a well known fact that human contact and love is a crucial element in the development of infants. Many studies have shown that babies lacking love, hugging and attention are much
more likely to have emotional and other development problems as they mature and grow up.