(WJBK) - Detroit's Jewish community will welcome fellow volunteers from the area's Muslim community on Friday, December 25 to take part in Mitzvah Day, the annual single largest day of volunteering by Detroit's Jewish community. Volunteers of all ages will participate in dozens of social service projects throughout metro Detroit so that their Christian neighbors can celebrate Christmas at home with their families.
Mitzvah Day is presented to the community by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Drawing on the shared value of community service, nearly 1,000 Jewish volunteers will be joined for the seventh year by their Muslim neighbors to take part in "mitzvahs" (good deeds), aiding Detroit area social service agencies at 43 different community sites on Christmas Day. The Michigan Muslim Community Council is coordinating volunteer participation from the local Muslim community for Mitzvah Day.
Volunteer teams will fan out to pre-assigned sites throughout metro Detroit. Project times vary, running between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Many grandparents, parents and children will volunteer together as families. In the spirit of giving back to the community, volunteers will donate a few hours of their time to participate in a variety of activities, including visits to older adults in nursing care facilities, preparing and serving holiday meals, and delivering toys and gifts to families in need.
Mitzvah Day event chairs are Janet Berman, Seth Fisher, Micki Grossman and Milt Neuman. For more information about Mitzvah Day, call the Jewish Community Relations Council, 248-642-5393 or click here.