On Sunday, April 13, 2008, teens in Southfield, Michigan, crafted fleece blankets, and then donated them to foster home children who have suffered from abuse or neglect. Meanwhile, more than 700 miles away, kids in Dunwoody, Georgia, worked with volunteers from the Atlanta Community Food Bank to plant vegetable gardens in inner-city neighborhoods. And across the continent, in Dixon, California, youth collected food—starting with each letter of the alphabet—for victims of the San Diego fires, while their peers in Scottsdale, Arizona, delivered food for Pesach to the elderly and needy.
That's because April 13th was J-Serve 2008, the fourth annual day of community service and volunteering for Jewish kids throughout the world. In 2007, 7,000 Jewish teens from across the United States turned out to participate in over 60 volunteer projects in their communities. They cleaned up beaches, visited the elderly, built playgrounds, and more. After J-Serve 2007, President George W. Bush applauded these young volunteers, saying, "Your generosity contributes to a culture of compassion and helps build a more hopeful future for our society." To find a J-Serve project in your own community, visit www.jserve.org.