The Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan (CIOM) is coordinating with Detroitâ€™s Jewish community this holiday season in a â€œMitzvah Dayâ€ of doing good deeds on December 25.
Mitzvah Day, explains CIOM Chairman Ghalib Begg, is â€œvery organizedâ€ so CIOM chose to join hands with the Jewish community rather than setting up a competing venture to do good works during Christmas.
Mr. Begg explained to TMO that there has been a miraculous level of commitment by Muslims, explaining that already 50 Muslims have volunteered to participate, including 20 from the MCWS mosque and many from the Ford Road ICA in Dearborn as well.
Mitzvah Day is presented to the community by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
â€œMake someone happyâ€ is the theme for Mitzvah Day 2009, where as many as 900 Jewish volunteers — joined for the first time with Muslim volunteers — are expected to take part in â€œmitzvahsâ€ (good deeds), aiding 48 Detroit area social service agencies on Christmas Day. Many grandparents, parents and children will volunteer together as families, in the spirit of giving back to the community. This Mitzvah Day participants will also take part in a non-perishable food drive, bringing donations with them as they report to volunteer duty on December 25. The event chairs are Micki Grossman and Stephanie Rosenbaum.
Volunteers will begin their day at the Jimmy Prentis Morris Jewish Community Center on the A. Alfred Taubman Campus, located at 15110 10 Mile Rd. in Oak Park. Following a light breakfast and brief orientation, they will depart for their volunteer projects. The teams will fan out to 74 pre-assigned volunteer sites throughout metro Detroit. Project times vary, but they run between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Families with children, as well as teens, young adults and seniors, will donate a few hours of their time to participate in a variety of activities, including visits to older adults in nursing care facilities, preparing and serving holiday meals, and delivering toys and gifts to families in need.
For more information about Mitzvah Day, call the Jewish Community Relations Council, 248-642-5393. or Ghalib Begg at (586) 808-2864.