Our good deeds are unstoppable

Even a global pandemic couldn’t stop Our Kitchen Table’s Mitzvah Day (good deeds day) community event this year. Despite the challenges of being in post lockdown Melbourne - with restrictions on the number of people who are allowed to gather together - our Mitzvah Day committee was determined to again bring people together to spark creative giving and spread kindness to people in need. We’ve learnt that 2020 is the year to be creative and adaptive. So we gathered our volunteers together using the technology of Zoom and were still able to generate a wonderful warm sense of virtual community (and lots less mess than in previous years). We were delighted to have over 40 volunteers of all ages come online to create ‘Handmade Mitzvahs’ together. All items made on the day were designed to benefit disadvantaged seniors, the elderly who have been isolated due to COVID-19, and Aged Care staff who have been working under greater pressure in recent months.

Overall, 500+ items were created and donated by the OKT community. 80 care packs were distributed to disadvantaged seniors in the local area via Kehilat Nitzan, and eldery residents and staff at Arcare Caulfield. The packs included hand scrub in a variety of natural scents, delicious hot chocolate sticks, handmade affirmation ‘pop up’ cards, soap, shampoo and candles - all made or donated by our volunteers with love, care and respect. A special thank you also to the team of volunteers who helped decorate, collate and pack the items into bags for distribution.

We are also indebted to our four amazing guest speakers who helped us to create good deeds and good vibes together as a community - the energetic mother/son duo, Lisa and Charlie Buchner, our co-president Viv Golabek and our newest Board member, Simonne Whine. OKT was proud to again be a part of Mitzvah Day, and to lift the spirits of people who are doing it tough in the broader community. Mitzvah Day is a celebrated in 21 countries internationally, by over 40,000 volunteers each year. The Mitzvah Day concept was born out of the belief that we can all make a positive difference to our world by taking action – together. Find out more at www.mitzvahday.org.au