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Mitzvah Day

Mitzvah Day 2016 @ BES

Once again, the BES community is embracing Mitzvah Day on 27th November 2016, following on from previous years when dozens of volunteers have made amazing contributions to the local Borehamwood community in many ways.

This year we have some fantastic activities taking place before, on and after Mitzvah Day.

There is something for everyone in our community to participate in and we really need your support! Mitzvah Day brings thousands of us together to give our time, not our money, to charities which need us. #MD16

Photo of Mitzvah Day at Woodcock Hill

Before Mitzvah Day

Make a dessert or cake for Townsend House: Townsend House provides accommodation for homeless young women with support needs. Although they have the facilities to make their own meals, they sometimes do experience financial difficulties, therefore preparing a dessert or cake would be greatly appreciated. The rota is running for two weeks either side of Mitzvah Day. Please also take along the recipe, so the residents can try to recreate your dish! To sign up, click on the link: www.borehamwoodshul.org/MD-TownsendHouse.

Make a hearty meal for the residents of Stonham House, Borehamwood: Stonham House is an ex-offenders shelter in Borehamwood housing 15 men, they would really appreciate some good home cooked comfort food. The rota is running for two weeks either side of Mitzvah Day. To sign up, click on the link: www.borehamwoodshul.org/MD-StonhamHouse.

Pre-Mitzvah Day Knitathon: In preparation for Mitzvah Day we are running a knitting and crocheting squares session on Wednesday 16th November from 8:15pm. All levels welcome – we’ll have experienced people on hand to help! Please email for location details.

Photo of Mitzvah Day Food bank

On Mitzvah Day Sunday 27th November @ BES Croxdale Road (from 9:15am to 4:30pm)

Joely Bear blood donation: An extra special Mitzvah Day blood drive is taking place between 9:15am-12:15pm & 2:00pm-4.30pm. Appointments are now booked up, so please turn up on the day if you’d like to donate blood.

Joely Bear support: Volunteers required to help on reception, face painting and making sandwiches for the lovely people who donate blood. To sign up, please email: .

Knitathon: We will have experts on hand to help you knit or crochet squares, which will be sewn together to make blankets. These squares will be distributed to people in need. Squares can be made prior to Mitzvah Day. 20 x 20cm please!

Making Chanukah cards for the soldiers staying at Habayit shel Benji in Israel: Decorate Chanukah cards that will be distributed to soldiers.

Step-Up Shoe Collectathon: Please donate your used shoes! We are collecting and shining used shoes, for children and adults for Gift to distribute.

Making personalised necklaces and bracelets: We have a list of children who are currently in an orphanage in Israel. We will be making up personalised jewellery to send to them for Chanukah.

Decorating Tzedakah boxes: for you to take home, fill and donate to the charity of your choice.

PJ library book swap: Donate three or more unwanted children’s books and swap for one book from the collection. Remaining books to be distributed locally to those who need.

Adult book donation: We are collecting any books suitable for adults. They will be donated to the Cowley Hill Family Shelter.

Photo of Mitzvah at Tesco

On Mitzvah Day Sunday 27th November @ other local projects in Borehamwood

Put on Your Wellies @ Woodcock Hill Borehamwood: The Woodcock Hill Village Green Committee invites you to clear bramble and litter picking. Meet at 10.30am outside the entrance to Woodcock Hill, opposite number 44 Carrington Avenue. Good gardening gloves, wellies and a smile required! Suitable for adults and children.

Build Library Cabinets, litter clearing, clearing out allotments and painting @ Cowley Hill Family Shelter: help required for the 24 families who stay in our local family shelter from 1pm.

After Mitzvah Day

28 November – Make some sandwiches or bake a dessert for visitors of Borehamwood Food Bank: The food must delivered after 10.30am on the Monday morning. To make sandwiches or desserts, please sign up here: www.borehamwoodshul.org/MD-FoodBank.

1-2 December – Food Collectathon @ Tesco Borehamwood: Come and help collect food outside Tesco to donate to Borehamwood Foodbank for their Christmas collection. To sign up, email .

Anything else?

For any queries on these activities, or to volunteer your time on the activities not taking place at Croxdale Road, please email .

We look forward to seeing at our Mitzvah Day activities on Sunday 27th November!

Many thanks as always,
The BES Mitzvah Day Team

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