It’s the single largest day of volunteering for metro Detroit’s Jewish community; “Mitzvah” means “a good deed,” and for hundreds of volunteers participating in Mitzvah Day on Christmas, those good deeds were directed at local nonprofits.
“I’m using a design and making a leaf,” said 10-year-old Daniel Shapiro, decorating a book bag for a low income family at Brilliant Detroit .
He participates in Mitzvah Day, a worldwide Jewish tradition, every year with his sister and mother.
The 23rd annual Mitzvah Day in Detroit was hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council , in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
“It really symbolizes helping others who are just less fortunate and just doing good deeds so that our community as a whole and in turn our world can just benefit,” said 13-year-old Meredith Shapiro, also volunteering.
Members of the Muslim and Hindu faith communities also participated in the event, which turned out more than 600 volunteers at more than 40 locations around Detroit. Part of the goal of the day-long initiative is to fill staffing gaps for nonprofits on Christmas Day.
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