Jewish community spreads Christmas joy

December 25, 2012 10:31:25 AM PST
Christmas is not usually a holiday recognized by the Jewish faith. However, that's not stopping one group from spreading Christmas joy to those in need.

The event was held at the Charlotte and Dick Levin Jewish Community Center for the seventh annual Mitzvah Day.

Mitzvah is the Hebrew word meaning good deed. Members from the Durham-Chapell Hill Jewish community are spending the day delivering meals, gifts and holiday joy to those in need.

"We're making care packages for new mothers in Durham," said volunteer Shannah Sayers. "Having just raised a one year old and having the resources to buy all of the baby care products needed, I can't imagine trying to raise a baby without having all those resources."

Bagging up baby supplies is just one of the many tasks for the more than 500 volunteers signed up.

"We have few months olds all the way up to folks in their 90s," said organizer Madeline Seltman.

In addition to feeding the hungry, volunteers are even remembering man's best friend with dog toys for animal shelters. Some children also made bookmarks to hand out at the literacy center.

In all, they'll serve more than 20 agencies.

"It's just an amazing opportunity for the Jewish community and anyone else who wants to join come together to make it a day on instead of a day off, said Seltman.

Organizers said they also bought $1,000 worth of fleece and hope to make 100 blankets for the homeless by the end of the day.

Other places served by the hard working volunteers include Ronald McDonald House, various senior centers and Habitat for Humanity.

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