It’s also the season of giving for the Jewish community as hundreds of volunteers help out during Mitzvah Day.

Andrea Fujii explains how they use one day to make a difference in the city.

It’s an assembly line for a good cause.

Twelve-hundred winter care bags were made with love.

“I make Mitzvah bags,” said Evan Malinow, volunteer.

Members put the bags together at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Community Center.

“I just filled up a bag, so I can give it to kids in need,” said Ian Malinow.

They’ll go to shelters across the city and county.

Up to 800 volunteers participated in Mitzvah Day. It’s an annual tradition for the area’s Jewish community.

“It’s a way for everybody to give back who doesn’t celebrate Christmas and can be doing something to better the community,” said Jennifer Grossman, organizer.

The organization hopes to better the community by making blankets for the sick, stress balls for seniors and bags to hang on wheelchairs.

“It felt really good to feel that I am helping other people who don’t have as much as I have,” said Sara Malinow.

They joined Jewish communities around the country and world doing the exact same thing.

“Humbling, to know what goes on a day like today is humbling,” said Grossman.

Kids were half the volunteer force.

“I think it’s important to show my kids that there’s another part of the world and its right here in Baltimore,” said Shari Malinow.

All the projects and care packages will be delivered Friday through the New Year.


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