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JEWISHcolorado Shares the Light This Christmas

On Christmas morning, children across Denver will be running to their Christmas stockings and presents under the tree. Thanks to JEWISHcolorado and its team of volunteers, parents of these children who work for charitable organizations across town will be home with them to open their gifts.

Over 400 volunteers in the Jewish community will participate in the Christmas Mitzvah Project and relieve employees at local charitable organizations, healthcare facilities and various senior living facilities so that employees may spend Christmas Day with their loved ones.

The Christmas Mitzvah Project has been uniting the Jewish community for 23 years during the holiday season, coordinating and providing volunteers to support various charitable organizations. This year, JEWISHcolorado is teaming up with 16 sites throughout the metro-Denver area.

The fundamental Jewish values of tikkun olam, repairing the world, and caring for the vulnerable are core areas of focus for JEWISHcolorado. This project provides community members the chance to perform a mitzvah, a good deed, during the busy holiday season.

“We are thrilled to find that year after year, our volunteers for this special day really relish the chance to take one small act of service on a day of significant importance to so many in our community,” said Susan Chayet, project director of the Christmas Mitzvah Project for JEWISHcolorado.

Sites and their respective activities include:

  • Children’s Hospital Colorado – Volunteers will staff the gift shop, facilitate activities and serve meals
  • Christian Living Communities at Someran Glen – Visit with patients and facilitate activities
  • The Delores Project – Provide and serve Christmas Day brunch
  • Denver Health’s Newborns in Need – Assemble goodies for families with newborns
  • Denver Jewish Day School (JCO Family Volunteer Site) – Several activities for young children and families. Activities benefit: Denver Rescue Mission, Dumb Friends League, GIVE Denver, Jewish Family Service of Colorado, Project Angel Heart, Ralston House Child Advocacy Center, Volunteers of America – Meals on Wheels.
  • Family Tree – Cook and serve Christmas dinner for residents coping with child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness
  • Littleton Adventist Hospital – Answer phones and serve meals
  • Littleton Care and Rehabilitation Center – Visit with residents ages 60 and up who are in long- and short-term rehabilitation
  • Mount Saint Vincent – Cook and serve Christmas dinner and join residents and staff for dinner
  • Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue – Feed and play with cats and clean kennels
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver – Provide support, visit with families and facilitate activities
  • Shalom Park – Visit with patients and facilitate activities
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Inpatient Psychiatry Unit – Visit with patients and lead activities such as arts & crafts and yoga
  • Zuma’s Rescue Ranch – Help with the feeding and care of the rescue horses at the ranch in Littleton

To learn more about the Christmas Mitzvah Project and how to volunteer or sponsor next year’s program, visit jewishcolorado.org/Christmas-MitzvahProject/ or contact events@jewishcolorado.org. No special skills are required. Friends and family of any faith are welcome.

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About Michele Weingarden

Michele Weingarden lives in Superior and is a Colorado Advisory Board member for Hazon. She looks forward to sharing modern social justice symbols to her Seder tonight.

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