Social Action Committee – Performing a Mitzvah, One Family At A Time
“Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world.”
Pirke Avot 1:2
The Temple Sinai Social Action Committee is pleased to announce its 3rd annual Giving Tree Project. This year our theme is “Toys”.
During this important initiative, our congregation comes together to bring joy to families in need at a time when children look forward to receiving gifts for Chanukah. Jewish Family Services provides us with a list of needy families and their children along with the wish list each child has. Additionally, gift cards are provided to the parents from Wal-Mart, Target or Smith’s so that they can purchase something for themselves. Each family also receives a grocery gift card.
Beginning on November 13, our “Giving Tree” will be set up in the lobby of the Temple with “wish cards” hanging from the branches. Each card represents a child’s list of 3-4 toys, games or DVD’s they would like to receive. Congregants may select any card(s) with which wishes they would like to fulfill. When a card is selected, members will record each one in the book provided. Unwrapped gifts should be returned to the office, with the gift card attached so we can identify which family and child the gift is for. Anonymity is protected.
On a designated day, all of the gifts are delivered to JFS to be distributed to the families. It is a wonderful mitzvah and a feel good project that everyone rallies around. Please contact Eileen Bellsey-Levin at 702-334-1444 with any questions regarding donations or gift cards.
High Holiday Food Drive: The collection of groceries between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur was a great success. Due to the generosity of our congregants, we were able to deliver 850 pounds of food to Jewish Family Services for distribution to families in need.
Coat & Blanket Drive: This collaboration between our Social Action committee and Religious School is designed to keep families in need warm this winter. To accomplish this, we are gathering new and gently used cold weather items including coats, sweaters and blankets for donation to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. To date we have filled several of the black 55 gallon drums you see in the Temple, but we can always use more. This project will run through November 16th.