Volunteers out for the holidays

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2008

Three hundred Jewish volunteers are expected to help out at care facilities and deliver food parcels over the Christmas and New Year period.

The Light up a Life scheme will be the second run by the Tikun charity, which reports that the response is double that of the inaugural year.
Volunteers will serve in soup kitchens and staff homeless centres. They will also visit residents at Jewish Care homes whose relatives may find it difficult to get to see them over the holiday period.

“As word of mouth grows on a project like this we can go from strength to strength,” explained Tikun operations director Julian Fraser. “Our thinking behind it is to get a large group of Jewish people to make a difference in the community we live in.

“The activities vary so there are plenty of people giving two full days and others just giving a couple of hours.”

Added Tikun co-founder Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt: “Because we are living in uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to help those less fortunate than ourselves.”


Last updated: 10:40am, December 18 2008