Vassar Temple Youth Have Fun and Helping Others!

On November 20th, Vassar Temple teens from our Wednesday night school and Youth Group filled baskets with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving meals for seven local families in need. Food for the baskets was donated by religious school students and their families and members.

It was delightful to see the young people work together — the energy and sense of team, the smiles were awesome. A great experience putting Jewish teachings about tzedakah (righteous giving) and gamilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness) into action! The baskets were filled to overflowing with all sorts of nonperishable Thanksgiving foods, little treats and handmade cards. Each basket, along with a frozen turkey, will be delivered to a family in Hudson River Housing’s program for families who are being transitioned from being homeless to going into their own real, stable apartment. So our project is enabling them to celebrate their first Thanksgiving in their new homes.
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