“Tzedakah is as important as all the commandments together” – Babylonian Talmud
Join: Join the monthly mitzvah committee. Members of the committee sort donated items, contact organizations in need in Westchester to coordinate donations, and/or deliver donated items to partner organizations.
Make a mitzvah a family affair: Sign up to make a delivery of Monthly Mitzvah items with your family.
Make connections: If you know of people, groups, or institutions in need or know people that want to make donations please let us know.
Monthly Mitzvah Calendar:
September: Food donations for Feeding Westchester
In every community across Westchester, many children and adults from all walks of life go hungry. In September, Monthly Mitzvah collects food to fill the pantries for donation to Feeding Westchester, which serves as a food bank for Westchester residents.
Most needed items:
Beans (canned or dry)
Cereals (whole grain)
Canned meat or fish
Milk (shelf stable)
Canned meals (low sodium)
Canned vegetables (low sodium)
Canned or dried fruit
* All items should be nonperishable. Please no glass containers or pre-opened items. When choosing items for the food drive, please look for labels which read: low sodium, no salt added, no sugar added, unsweetened, reduced sodium, 100% fruit juice
October: Children’s and Adult’s Winter Coats and Sweaters
New and gently used. If you are buying new coats this month, please consider donating the used coats. Many groups in Westchester are in need starting in the fall.
November and December: Toys
Talk with your children about sharing one or more gifts he or she receives at birthday parties with children who will not get Holiday presents because their families do not have as much as others. Encourage your child to bring the gift to WRT and place it in the Monthly Mitzvah drawer.
January: New and gently used sneakers
New and gently used sneakers of all sizes. Sports sneakers are also welcome.
February: Sight and Sound
Drop off your used eyeglasses and used hearing aides. Also consider donating new batteries for the hearing aides.
March/April: Children Month
Children’s Books and new and lightly used children’s clothes
May: Baby Month
New and lightly used children’s clothing and boxes of diapers (or even clean spares in a plastic bag)
June: Grad Bag
Gradbag is a green initiative to reuse college dorm supplies. Visit www.gradbag.org for more information
Monthly Mitzvah Reminders:
Please only drop off items that have been requested as part of monthly mitzvah. If you have items that you want to donate that fall out of the requested items listed, please contact Sharon Stiefel at email@example.com who can direct you to the best drop off point or organization in need.
Collection Drop off location:
Please only leave items at the designated collection area for each collection which will be defined in the collection announcement.
Food Drop Off:
Kindly do not leave any food in the collection drawers. During a food drive, a specific bin and/or location will be designated for the food collection which will be communicated in the collection announcement. Please verify that the items being dropped off have not expired.
Quality of Items:
Please be mindful of the quality of the donations that you kindly provide since they will be used by someone in need. The items should be new or lightly used. If it is a clothing item, please make sure that it fits the parameters of the requested size (e.g. adult, child) and season, so they can be of good use to the target audience in need at the time of need.