CENTRAL MASS. – Together, with thousands of Jewish organizations throughout 50 countries, the PJ Library of the Jewish Federation of Central Mass, in partnership with the Worcester and Boroughs JCCs, will celebrate the international event of Good Deeds Day on Sunday, March 15 from 4-6 p.m. at the Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St.
On just this one day, an estimated two million hours of volunteerism worldwide will occur. Created with the premise that everybody can do something good, whether big or small, Good Deeds Day sets out to prove what a positive impact we can all have on the lives of others and the world as a whole.
Initiated in 2007 by businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison, Good Deeds Day is organized by Ruach Tova (NGO) under the auspices of The Ted Arison Family Foundation. This annual tradition of good has attracted an ever-expanding number of participants – from 7,000 in 2007 to 550,000 in 2014 in Israel alone – and tens of thousands more around the world making it the largest and most far-reaching day of good deeds. People from all backgrounds, cultures, and ages have united around the simple idea of Good Deeds Day, which also serves as a springboard for year-round activities.
Garnering extensive international support, recent partnerships and collaborations included MTV Global that campaigned Good Deeds Day 2012 for six weeks on its online and TV platforms, exposing the message to 24 million viewers across the globe. ABC Network Studios NYC kicked off Good Deeds Day 2013 and 2014 in Times Square, NY, collaborating with leading volunteer organizations as part of a grand scale campaign involving TV, radio, and social media. In March 2014, Shari Arison rang the Closing Bell at NASDAQ in honor of Good Deeds Day.
On Good Deeds Day in the Worcester JCC auditorium, the community will come together to create gift bags of children’s pajamas, toothbrushes and toothpaste for the Department of Children and Families to benefit foster children throughout the Central Mass area, followed by pizza, schmoozing and PJ Book-Swap.
Participants are asked to bring any new or gently used pajamas for kids ranging from size newborn – adult XL for teens.
For those unable to attend, drop off bins will be set up for PJ’s and personal hygiene items (e.g. diapers, wipes, soap, deodorant) in various locations, including the Boroughs and Worcester JCC’s, CC Lowell and synagogues throughout the area.
For more information, contact Mindy Hall at email@example.com or (508) 756-1543, or visit our PJ Library Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/PJLibraryCentralMA,
or the Jewish Federation website www.jewishcentralmass.org.