Jewish Federation Community Volunteers Celebrated Good Deeds Day – Boca Raton’s Most Trusted Source of Information
Over 13,000 pounds of food collected for local families
Boca Raton, FL – Over 200 community volunteers representing the Palm Beach County Jewish Federation The Jewish Volunteer Center, Jewish Teen Initiative, Israel Program Center, and Jewish Community Relations Council joined millions around the world to celebrate the global day of service known as Good Deeds Day on Sunday April 11, 2021. Projects Services organized throughout the county included packing and gleaning food for local families, sorting out school supplies for the children, cleaning the beach and assembling care kits for Holocaust survivors . This year’s Good Deeds Day hosted the largest number of Jewish Federation community volunteers since the annual event began in 2007.
Throughout the day, Federation volunteers, in partnership with the Chinese Association of Science, Economy and Culture (CASEC), collected over 13,000 pounds of fresh produce at Mecca Farms in Boynton Beach for distribution to county pantries. At the Palm Beach County Food Bank, dozens of volunteers in partnership with CROS Ministries sorted and boxed 11,450 pounds of food donations, which equates to 9,542 meals to distribute to 143 local pantries for people in a situation of food insecurity. A community supply drive collected thousands of diapers, baby wipes, infant formula and food for the Basics 4 Babies pantry at Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies. The donated items will help more than 125 families care for their infants for a month.
Nearly 50 Federation volunteers in partnership with Sea Turtle Adventures cleaned up a local beach, sorted out litter and prepared sea turtle nests to help promote their conservation. Community members also sorted and organized school supplies and prepared online shopping orders from teachers for 60 Title 1 schools in Palm Beach County. Volunteers also donated toiletries, socks, scarves, plants and kindness cards to include in care packages for Holocaust survivors who live in the Palm Beaches.
âIn a year when so many face food insecurity and in dire need, the commitment and kindness of our dedicated community has had a powerful impact,â said Melissa Hudson, director of the Jewish Volunteer Center of the Palm Beach Jewish Federation. County. âIt’s inspiring to see such a remarkable impact and to see how committed people of all ages are to improving people’s lives on the day of good deeds and every day. “
Good Deeds Day, established in 2007 in Israel, is a global event that brings together millions of volunteers from 108 countries for service opportunities that benefit others and the planet. It is locally supported by the Alloy Family Foundation.
For more information on the Jewish Volunteer Center and upcoming service projects, visit jewishvolunteer.org or call (561) 242-6653. For more information on the Palm Beach County Jewish Federation, visit jewishpalmbeach.org.
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