“We’re making toiletry packs for women, homeless women… it has pads, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, socks to keep them warm. Just a card and candy just to make them feel sweet this holiday season.”, said volunteer, Sara Robinson.
She and others were hard at work preparing gift bags to go out to shelters and social service centers throughout the DMV.
Joshua Epstein, another volunteer, had come with his family who was putting together instant soup packs.
He said, “We wanted to volunteer because it helps people because there’s people that are less fortunate who don’t have any food and we can prepare food for them.”
The JCC also partnered up with INOVA Blood Services for their biggest blood drive of the year.
For some, like donor Raphael Sax, being a blood donor hit close to home.
“My late grandmother got a lot of blood transfusions, so we all try to give to the blood pool when possible.”, said Sax.
The Edlavich JCC has been holding their day of service on Christmas Day since 1986, with thousands of volunteers across all faiths offering up their time to give back.
Along with making sure people in need are taken care of, Social Justice and Volunteer Programs Director, Sonya Weisburd said many fill-in for social service workers so they can enjoy the holiday.
She said, “To be able to coordinate a day when folks are so willing and so eager to volunteer… it just blows me away.”
This is just one of four day of service events that the JCC hosts throughout the year.For more info on how to help, visit http://edcjcc.org/volunteer/days-of-service/?referrer=http://washingtondcjcc.org/volunteer/days-of-service/december-25th-day-of-service/about-december-25th-day-of.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/