By Michelle and Micah Damareck
Community Mitzvah Day
What are you doing on Christmas Day? Our family has created a December 25th tradition that we look forward to each year. No, we’re not talking about Chinese food and blockbuster movies (although we still leave time for that too). We’re talking about engaging in Community Mitzvah Day. Mitzvah Day is a community wide day-of-service bringing together over 1,000 volunteers to assemble 1,500 Winter Care Packages filled with essentials for the needy, visit senior facilities and hospitals, prepare meals for shelters, host impactful volunteer activities in more than 15 off-site locations and so much more.
As parents of young children we’ve found it so rewarding to show our children firsthand the importance of volunteering and giving back. We don’t want to just talk about Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah, we want to show them what it is and let them get engaged in the opportunities. In today’s world of instant gratification, it’s imperative that our kids know that not everyone is so fortunate as to have easy access to ‘the simple things,’ like warm winter hats and gloves, shampoo and soap or even their next meal. Most likely, you don’t pay much attention to these things on a daily basis as they are just part of your life. We know we don’t.
Mitzvah Day allows our community to come together in force and stop for a moment on a day of the year that (most of us) aren’t working, commuting, going to school, shopping or going about our normal daily business.
The beauty of the day is there is something for everyone. Want to get out early since you’re up with the kids? Compiling care packages and experiencing the Mitzvah Room at the Park Heights JCC may be the fit for you.
Want to gather at an off-site venue to have a hand-on experience? Select one of the amazing opportunities with our community partners like connecting with the residents at Levindale or Weinberg Park or serve a meal at My Sister’s Place or Sarah’s Hope.
Prefer to sleep in and get out of the house late in the day? Join the first Young Adults Hands-On Happy Hour at Mt. Washington Tavern, benefitting Meals on Wheels.
So many choices – take your pick! Our family will be dividing and conquering, spending time at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC, Mt. Washington Tavern and My Sister’s Place, so if you make it please look for us and say hello. We’d love to thank you in person for spending your day with us, giving back to those who need it most.
Whether you are returning after years of volunteering, looking to create a new tradition with your family or simply want to take the day to lend a helping hand, come feel the magic of Mitzvah Day and register today. We’ll look for you at the movies later in the day too!
For more information visit jvcbaltimore.org.