A Truly Magical Mitzvah Day

A blog post by JMM Program Assistant Emma Glaser. To see past posts from Emma click here!

Every year, the JMM participates in Mitzvah Day, a citywide day of service on December 25th. This year, volunteers at the JMM created backpacks with school supplies for immigrant students at the Esperanza Center, a local immigrant resource center.

We were really thrilled to have so many people come together to make the backpacks – in fact, we were able to make 20 more than our original goal! Volunteers made 70 backpacks for students that were packed with notebooks, folders, pencils, erasers, and lots of other school supplies that kids need to succeed in school. Many of the school supplies were donated by the JMM’s amazing volunteers and members, as well as companies that we reached out to. As a new staff member, I was really moved by the community’s generosity in making sure the backpacks had all the supplies the students needed.

The backpacks also included notecards welcoming the students to the United States and homemade stress balls that Mitzvah Day volunteers created.

Take a look at some highlights from our magical Mitzvah Day below!

79 volunteers helped out on Mitzvah Day!
These two friends told me it was the first time in 18 years that they were able to see each other. It was really heartwarming that they spent their reunion doing a mitzvah at the JMM.
This family, including a very tiny dinosaur (on the right), worked together to make the last two backpacks.
To make the stress balls, volunteers used funnels to fill balloons with flour.

For instructions to make a stressball for yourself, click here.

Volunteers wrote and decorated notecards with friendly messages to make the backpacks more personal. Many of them wished students happy holidays or told them about fun things to do in Baltimore.
Here’s a couple of my favorite cards, drawn by some amazing artists.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in Mitzvah Day 2018!

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