Perform a Mitzvah through Aviv Celebrations
With her Bat Mitzvah coming, Marin Londe, a 6th grader at The Epstein School, wanted to do a service project that would make someone else’s day special. She and a friend had an idea: Visit an independent living community and walk the residents’ dogs. “Not only did I find the experience meaningful,” said Marin, “but the notion of friends helping friends helping others as part of tzedekah was very meaningful to me.”
Since a simple gesture such as dog walking could brighten the day of residents, Marin wanted to replicate that feeling for other seniors in our community. Then she learned about the Aviv Celebrations program by participating in JF&CS’ Mitzvah Day. The program mails handmade birthday cards to older adults in the JF&CS community and delivers handmade get-well cards to people in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living communities and more.
“My grandparents love getting cards from me. My hope is that the older adults getting these cards feel that special moment as well.”
She set a goal of 500 cards for the program and asked friends to help make it happen. By early September, Marin not only met her goal but exceeded it by making 560 cards.
“Marin has done quite a mitzvah,” said Cherie Aviv, Founder of Aviv Celebrations. “She will touch 560 lives by sharing a card with each to brighten his or her day.”