During the month of February our members supported Mitzvah Circle and their very important mission of helping ‘fill the gaps’ where government aid doesn’t cover basic personal needs. Mitzvah Circle serves struggling families by providing over 100 products including clothing, diapers, deodorant, sanity products, new strollers and car seats and other necessities. These are essential items that people need every single day, but not all can afford to buy. As their founder, Fran Held says, “We are here so parents can go to work and kids can go to school or daycare.”
The Saturday Club volunteers had the opportunity to go on-site and receive a tour of the Mitzvah Circle warehouse and learn more about the organization, their impressive operational processes and the families they serve. After the tour, our member volunteers spent the remainder of their morning in the warehouse filling care packages for families in-need. We paired up and were given a family member in each household to choose items for based on sizing and personal need. Items ranged from seasonally appropriate clothing and footwear to books and toys. Once each family member’s items were chosen and packed, members wrote a caring and inspiring note to the recipients and prepared the items for delivery.
Our larger membership also held a diaper drive to support the Mitzvah Circle’s diaper bank program. Babies living in poverty don’t get their diapers changed enough, resulting in increased illness. One in three families cannot afford diapers and last year, Mitzvah Circle gave away almost 3 million diapers. The Saturday Club members delivered a large SUV filled with diapers and wipes when they arrived to volunteer to help replenish Mitzvah Circle’s supply.
To learn more about the impressive work being done at Mitzvah Circle, visit their website.