500+ volunteer in Triangle on Christmas to do good deeds or ‘Mitzvahs’

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Christmas Day is also known as “Mitzvah Day” in Durham and Chapel Hill. Mitzvah in Hebrew means good deed. More than 500 people took part; spending the day volunteering on 30 different projects.

“Some people are far away; homeless, no friends, no pizza, no food,” Joel Nicholson, a volunteer.

“Taking my Christmas and giving it to other people means a lot to me, and hopefully it means a lot to other people because they don’t have the things that I have.”

From the Levin JCC, volunteers delivered the blankets to the Urban Ministries in Durham.

There they met more than a dozen other volunteers who were helping cook and serve Christmas lunch.

All part of this 10th annual Mitzvah Day. The event was organized by the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill and several other organizations. Everyone was welcome to take part.

“It means people care. There’s a lot of people that are out here that are homeless and need shelter,” James Holloway, shelter patron said.

Holloway admits that without the shelter, he’d be spending Christmas on the street.

“It inspires me you know when I get right, to come in here and do the same thing,” Holloway said.

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