Mitzvah Day

Every now and then I take a break from the fashion and beauty bubble to be a part of the real world. Today’s real world experience: Mitzvah Day. What’s that, you ask? It’s a day of doing good deeds. This was my second year of heading up a Mitzvah Day project at Temple Beth Sholom. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone I’m not Jewish. I don’t want to get kicked out of the club.)

Just walking into the temple today you could have washed someone’s car, donated blood, made a scarf for someone in the hospital, made a pillow for troops overseas, potted a plant for an elderly person and so on and so on. This year’s group was 1,000 strong. That’s 1,000 people who gave up a portion of their Sunday to make the world a little happier. And this year, my little group helped make hats and cards for kids with cancer.

Here’s how it all went down in pics:

That’s me and my fellow Mitzvah Day partner in crime, Jamie. And yes, we totally cut up our tees the minute we got them. God knows we could not be seen in boy-shaped shirts.

The girls, our inspiration for taking on this type of project this year.

This year we opted for a kid-friendly project so we could start grooming these girls for future Mitzvah Day project leader-ness.

Never a dull moment with this crowd.

Nice save, Alec.

This is what it’s all about. The kids were actually really important to the production assembly line. They helped make 48 hand-decorated cards.

Armed with scissors, this was the collage portion of the assembly line.

These guys rocked it with awesome words of encouragement hand-written in every card.

Here’s the package-tie team. They rock a mean curly string.

And there you have it. Forty-eight bandana hats and hand-made cards ready to bring a smile to the faces of some well-deserving kids.

Moral of the story:You don’t have to wait until a church, temple, school or office tells you to do something nice. Just randomly give it swing and see what happens. Warm tingly sensations may ensue.