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Christmas Mitzvah Project gives hundreds of employees the day off

Posted at 9:56 AM, Dec 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 08:09:25-05

GLENDALE, Colo. — Hundreds of volunteers from the local Jewish community helped nonprofit and healthcare facility workers stay home with their families on Christmas Day.

The Christmas Mitzvah Project is an annual event organized by Jewish Colorado, a local community group.

More than 400 volunteers worked between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 16 different locations.

Christmas Mitzvah Project Manager Susan Chayet said the event was open to everyone and volunteers did not need any special skills.

“All faiths are welcome to come and participate and lend a hand,” she said.

This is the 23rd year for the Mitzvah Project, and Chayet told Denver 7 that it’s a way to serve and unite the community.

“It helps teach our children the value of mitzvah — a good deed — and tikkun olam, which is about repairing the world and it just gives the community a chance to give back," she said.

The Denver Jewish Day School served as the volunteer site this year. There, volunteers made cards and other crafts that will benefit six more organizations.