“If you do acts of loving kindness for another,
it is accounted to you as if you built the world.”
-Yehiel ben Yekutiel
For well over a decade, every year hundreds of families take part in Mega Mitzvah Day (part of Mega Mitzvah Month) as the KI community comes together to heal the world, one mitzvah at a time. In 2011 upwards of 400 people gathered at KI on for Mega Mitzvah Day on Sunday May 15, to work on twelve different projects. In addition, a half-dozen other projects took place offsite throughout the day, and over 100 additional congregants were involved in those projects as well.
KI volunteers made over 1000 sack lunches and 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They made dessert baskets for local service workers, pot holders for women in Darfur, placemats, fleece blankets and get well cards for children in the hospital, caring cards for our soldiers in Afghanistan and for ill children, birthday cards for senior citizens, posters for the Palisades Library, flower boxes for senior centers, and even held a sing-a-long at senior homes. They helped at the Westside Food Bank Food Sort, served breakfast at Turning Point Transitional Housing, and made toys for the parrots at the Serenity Park Parrot Sanctuary at the VA in Westwood.
Through our wish list collection which included everything from books to professional clothing to bedding to food, KI collected massive amounts of goods which volunteers then delivered and distributed to dozens of agencies including:
In addition to our Mega Mitzvah Day Big Sunday projects, KI sponsors many other meaningful tikkun olam activities each year during the month of May, including our annual interfaith blood drive with St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, One on One Outreach grocery delivery, and building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
Don’t miss this awesome day of service for the entire family! Mega Mitzvah Day 2012 is Sunday May 6.
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