Yesterday morning my family and many other volunteers of all ages delivered five thousand Rosh Hashanah baskets to those in need. We visited homes of grateful recipients thrilled to receive boxes containing challah, eggs, chicken, wine, apples, honey, candles and more. They eagerly shared photos of their grandchildren, chatted and offered us candy.
Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago did a fabulous job organizing this effort. It was rewarding to do something for others and a joy to share this mitzvah with my young children. It is vital to remind our little ones about charity and helping others; especially in this day and age of over consumption.
Today is Mantra Monday and I'm repeating the familiar quote, "Do unto others as you want others to do unto you." This mantra applies to everyday actions such as complimenting a neighbor, putting down the electronics and really listening to your family members or providing food for the less fortunate. Wouldn't you hope these gestures would be replicated in return? How do you do unto others?
For a rainy Sunday morning, it seemed very bright to be selfless and give to others.
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Speaking of giving away food, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a case of SkinnyPop Popcorn. I'm running this contest, because this is a local product that I believe in and want to share with you, my readers.