COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges of those in our midst facing food and housing insecurity. While we can’t gather together per usual in service of others, we can get together in our own households to assemble meal kits and collect travel-sized toiletries.
Mitzvah Morning is Sunday, Sept. 27; Yom Kippur begins that evening at sundown. As we enter the new Jewish year, let’s start 5781 off by doing good for others in need. You will assemble and collect these items IN YOUR HOME and do a socially distant, drive-through drop-off in either Southwest or Southeast Portland.
You can do one or both of these good deeds:
• Make Weekend Meal Sacks for children and low-income families to be distributed by Portland Backpack. Portland Backpack serves children who are at risk of hunger by providing food sacks for weekend days when food scarcity is higher. Include a personal note in the bag to let children know the community cares.
• Donation of these items: Unused, travel-sized toiletries and/or NEW adult underwear (any gender, any size) for those experiencing houselessness via Transition Projects. For over 50 years, Transition Projects has delivered life-saving and life-changing assistance to some of Portland’s most vulnerable residents. Each year they assist more than 10,000 people experiencing houselessness.
Contactless drop-off is 10 am-noon, Sept. 27, at two locations:
• Westside: Schnitzer Family Campus (PJA/MJCC), 6651 SW Capitol Hwy.
• Eastside: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Parking Lot 5441 SE Belmont St.
Mitzvah Morning is hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Portland Jewish Academy and Eastside Jewish Commons.
You must complete the sign up form to select drop off location and what you are bringing by Sept. 23. You can find the form and information on what to include in meal kits and toiletry/underwear at jewishportland.org/mitzvahmorning.
For more information, contact Caron Blau Rothstein at 503-245-6449 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Elana Cohn-Rozansky at email@example.com.