Common lore suggests that Jewish people spend Christmas day eating Chinese food and going to the movies. JCC Cares, a social action program at the Merage Jewish Community Center, seeks to change the stereotype. JCC Cares is sponsoring a variety of Christmas Day volunteer projects for families and individuals. Young and old, will cook and serve breakfast, bake cookies, play bingo, and add cheer to our community.
“This provides an opportunity to help and to teach our children the true spirit of the season,” Sheila Dalva-Hornback, who plans to volunteer this Christmas at the Lighthouse Church with her husband, son, mother and sister.
For the second year in a row, JCC Cares volunteers will converge on the Lighthouse Church to make a Christmas brunch of breakfast burritos, fruit and goodies for 100+ homeless people. In addition, volunteers will hand out necessary hygiene items to the guests.
JCC Cares rounded up nearly a dozen family-friendly volunteering opportunities. No matter the age of your children or family’s interests, chances are there is a program to fulfill your holiday volunteering desires. Visit www.jccoc.org for these and more:
• Veteran’s First-Cook breakfast for veterans.
• Lighthouse Church-Cook breakfast for the homeless.
• Crossing Church-Mid-day Christmas party and cookie decorating for the homeless.
• Atria Senior Home-Visit with seniors, play bingo, and serve cookies.
• Fire stations-Bake cookies at the JCC and deliver to local firehouses.
• Ronald McDonald House-Bake treats for the residents and lead them in a craft.
Audra Martin has worked with children in the JCC field for over 18 years, she is the Director of Children and Camp at the Merage JCC. Contact Audra at email@example.com.