JFS & the JCC Join Forces for Maccabi Mitzvah Project
By JFS Staff
The Mid-Atlantic Junior Maccabi Games came to Delaware this year. With the vision of fusing service and fun with annual event – JFS joined forces with the Siegel JCC to create a mitzvah project for the athletes.
For the month leading up to the Games, Maccabi athletes throughout the region collected toiletry and hygiene supplies – essential items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. On the day of the Games, they brought the collected soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, deodorants, etc. to Delaware.
Between competitions, the athletes decorated over 100 “Blessing Bags” with images of peace, love, and kindness – and filled them with the items they collected. The bags will go to local families, JFS clients who are struggling to make ends meet.
“Joining arms with JFS to create an opportunity for our Jr. Maccabi athletes to do a Mitzvah Project was a joy!” said Amie Baker, Assistant Director of the JCC’s Early Childhood Center. “From the thoughtful collection of items to the loving artwork for each bag to the positive intentions sent to any and all who are in need.”
“We didn’t want to just talk about the mitzvah of service,” says Basha Silverman, CEO of Jewish Family Services. “We wanted to bring the community together by practicing it. It was wonderful to see so many young people come together to help others.”
You Can Help!
For many of JFS’s 3,000 clients, access to emergency food and supplies through the JFS Pantry makes an enormous difference. You can help keep the JFS Pantry stocked: the next time you shop, fill an extra bag with food or toiletries to donate.
Contact Jody at 302-478-9411 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of most needed items.
Cards with inspirational messages rooted in Jewish values were included with each Blessing Bag.