Letter: Thanks to all for their good deeds for Mitzvah Day

Editor:

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 10th Anniversary Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day. Over 200 volunteers gave over 600 hours of community service to organizations and individuals throughout the Verde Valley on Sunday, November 6.

Thanks to the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona, the City of Sedona, Thrivent Financial, APS, Domino’s, Fry’s, Bashas’, Safeway, Natural Grocers, Weber’s IGA and community members who made financial and in-kind donations to fund Mitzvah Day. Special thanks to the 200+ volunteers who did projects for Sedona Food Bank, Sedona Library, Bountiful Kitchen, Twice Nice, Sedona Arts Center, Goodwill Industries, Oak Creek Canyon Watershed Council, Gardens for Humanity, Cottonwood Senior Center, Buena Vista/Bright Futures Child Care, Verde View Senior Apartments in Camp Verde, Sedona Humane Society, Miracles Happen Resale Store, Catholic Charities, verde Valley Caregivers, Cottonwood Village, Verde Valley Humane Society, USFS, Habitat for Humanity, and seniors and veterans needing help around their homes.

Thanks to those who helped with the administration of the day at the three check in points - St. Andrews Episcopal Church and Sedona United Methodist Church in Sedona and Living Water Church in Cottonwood. And thanks to the craft makers at the Sedona Elks Lodge, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Clarkdale and the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley who made snow globes for Meals on Wheels recipients, Feelie Hearts for kids in the hospital, no-sew blankets for women and kids at Verde Valley Sanctuary, stuffed bears for Hospice patients and appreciation cards for veterans.

And a shout out of thanks to the children and parents who helped with the closing pizza party! It truly was an intergenerational, interfaith, spirit-led day of community service, a great launch into Kindness Week and into the holiday season of caring. Photos www.mitzvahday2016.com.

Barbara Litrell, Rabbi Alicia Magal, Co-Chairs

Sedona

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