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Mitzvah Day Projects 2017

More than 25 projects have been organized for this year’s Mitzvah Day.

Help is needed in assembling more than 2,000 packages
for some of the most vulnerable populations in New York City.
Following is a list of activities* in which temple members
may choose to participate:

After School Fun Time — Assemble activity kits (coloring books, games, stuffed animals,
puzzles, markers, books) for children who have suffered abuse. (Partner Organizations:
Child Advocacy Center of Manhattan and New York Center for Children)

Bagel and Bingo Brunch — Serve brunch to seniors from the
Carter Burden Center for the Aging and lead them in a rousing game of Bingo!

Birthday Boxes — Create birthday gift boxes for DOROT seniors,
many of whom live alone and don’t have family to celebrate with them.

Brick Dreams — Sort LEGO bricks, collected through our LEGO Drive, by size.
Bricks will be redistributed to children in need.

Chemo Angels — Assemble comfort totes for women undergoing chemotherapy
at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Comfort Packs — Package pajamas, socks, gloves, hats and scarves for women and children
who have suffered from domestic violence. (Partner Organization: Urban Resource Institute)

Essentials — Package items for distribution to
the homeless. (Partner Organization: Bowery Mission)

Festival of Lights — Package Chanukah goodies
(oil, latke mix, candles, chocolate gelt) for Holocaust
survivors. (Partner Organization: Selfhelp)

Fun Time — Assemble packages with hats, scarves,
books, coloring books, colored pencils, small games,
stuffed animals, crayons for children in foster care.
(Partner Organization: New York Center on
Adoptable Children)

Heart to Heart — Assemble activity packages (stickers, crayons, colored pencils, activity books, puzzles) for children undergoing treatment at Mount Sinai Pediatric Cardiology, as well as comfort kits (tissues, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, lip balm) for their caregivers.

Help Feed the Hungry — Make sandwiches and prepare 200 meal bags for families at Jan Hus Neighborhood House and The Bowery Mission.

Let’s Warm Up — Assemble cold-weather packages (underwear, socks, scarves, hats, gloves, tissues, hand sanitizer, lip balm) for those who do not have a home to keep them warm.
(Partner Organization: Jan Hus Neighborhood House)

Milk and Cookies — Bake fresh cookies and package with organic milk boxes for children at the New York Center for Children and New York Council on
Adoptable Children.

Mommy & Me — Pack diaper bags filled with baby essentials (bibs, bottles, ointment, wipes, changing pads, and blankets and hats created by our Stitch’n Time knitters) for new moms. (Partner Organization: 
Project Sunshine)

Pantry Bags — Prepare meal bags (canned tuna, canned fruit, fruit juice, whole grains, canned vegetables, soup, condiments) for homebound seniors. (Partner Organization: City Meals on Wheels)

Relaxation Kits — Assemble art kits (coloring books, stickers, markers, colored pencils, crayons) for use by children undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and fun kits for their siblings.

Relocation Kits — Assemble home kits (towels, pot holders, dust pan and brush, cooking pans and utensils, silverware) for seniors moving from a temporary residence to their own homes. (Partner Organization: DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program and Aftercare Program)

School Time — Package school supplies (pens, pencils, crayons, pencil cases, sharpeners, notebooks, stickers, rulers) for pediatric, adolescent and young-adult patients with cancer and blood disorders undergoing hospitalized treatment. (Partner Organization: Jack Martin Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai)

Spice It Up — Create spice cups to promote healthy cooking for seniors.
(Partner Organization: DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program)

Welcome Packages — Assemble comfort bags (teddy bears, fuzzy socks, hats, scarves, shower caddies, flip flops, journals, lotion) for young girls living in a foster care residence. (Partner Organization: Foster Pride/Good Shepherd Services)

Winter Wishes — Help make the holiday season brighter for children undergoing
treatment at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). Please consider filling a
wish or two from their Wish List!

Young Families — Make cards for seniors and decorate bookmarks for children. This is an activity for our youngest temple members. (Partner Organizations: Selfhelp, City Meals on Wheels, New York Center for Children, New York Council on Adoptable Children)

* Projects may be subject to change.

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