Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day on Sunday, Nov. 14, was an amazing day of intergenerational, interfaith, spirit-led community service with 400 volunteers accomplishing over 50 projects for 36 organizations that serve us all year long.
Volunteers fanned out over Sedona, the Village, Cottonwood and Cornville to paint, haul, organize, weed, clean, make wreaths, angels, bears, blankets, food sacks and hearts for those in need and plant new seeds in gardens that will feed the hungry come spring.
Thank you to the volunteers with open hearts and willing hands and the non-profit organizations that provided the projects. Special thanks to the Sedona Community Foundation, City of Sedona, St. John Vianney Church, Church of the Red Rocks, Christ Center Wesleyan Church, and the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley for financial support. Thanks to the Sedona Community Center, "Chef Rick", and the children from the Boys & Girls Club who prepared great food for volunteers at the closing gathering and to Weber's IGA and New Frontiers for donating fruit and water for volunteers as they left for projects. Thanks to United Way of Yavapai County, Sedona Red Rock News, Salt River Materials Group, Verde Independent, Sedona.biz, Sedona Times and Sedona Chamber of Commerce for spreading the word through ads and stories.
The goal of Mitzvah Day is to build community by encouraging compassion and volunteerism all year long. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's recall the song we sang at the opening, "One Mitzvah leads to one more, a good deed better than before. One Mitzvah leads to one more and then to one more ..." And the words we sang holding hands in a circle at the closing, "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."
Rabbi Alicia Magal