Alec Rubin from Langhorne, PA will be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah in October, 2011 but has already started his Mitzvah Project called, “Discs For Dogs.”
Pictured left: Alec and his dog Lola.
He combined his two loves: Animals and movies into one terrific project. We got the chance to ask him some questions about his Mitzvah Project:
MM: Please describe your Mitzvah Project.
AR: I will be collecting used DVDs (CDs and video games are also acceptable). I’m going to sell the items at the second Annual Tail Waggers Strut at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, PA. 100% of the proceeds from this sale will go to EASEL animal rescue league in Ewing, NJ.
EASEL Animal Rescue League is an all-volunteer, community-based 501(C)(3) action group dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals in Mercer County, NJ. They work with the community to reduce the number of unwanted dogs, cats, and horses being euthanized and are working toward building and operating a state-of-the-art NO KILL shelter. They will house and care for homeless animals while striving to adopt them out to loving forever homes.
MM: Does your project have a start and end date, if so what are they?:
AR: The start date was March 27th, 2011. My goal is too have 300 DVDs by May 10th, but I will still accept donations after May 10th.
MM: Why did you decide to take on this particular project/charity?
AR: I’m an animal lover and I chose this charity because I don’t want animals to have a short life due to shelters not being able to afford to care for them. Since I love movies and I love dogs, I will use the money raised from selling the DVDs to save a dog’s life. The buyer of the disc gets to enjoy the movie and the money will help a dog enjoy life.
MM: In your own words, what does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bar Mitzvah?
AR: I believe that when you become a Bar Mitzvah you’re becoming an adult. With the privileges of being an adult I think you should also hold the responsibilities of giving back to your community.
MM: If it involves a donation, what are you doing to spread the word?
AR: I am giving out flyers to my neighbors, my family and to my congregation at Shir Ami. I’ve also posted my project on Facebook and Craigslist and my mother has spread the word at work. The project has taken on a life of its own as my friends, family and neighbors continue to spread the word on my behalf.
MM: For how long can people donate to this charity?
AR: The Tail Waggers Strut is on May 15th, 2011. I would like to have 300 discs to sell that day. The proceeds will support the EASEL animal rescue league in Ewing, NJ.
Any discs I collect after that time will be shipped to a used CD/DVD shop in Kenmore, NY. This shop will sell the discs and give all proceeds to the ASPCA in Erie, PA. Their site is www.discsfordogs.org
MM: Anything else we need to know about your Mitzvah Project?
AR: If you have any spare DVDs please send them to: Hallie Rubin, D&B, 101 Lindenwood Dr # 430, Malvern, PA 19355-1769, 215-850-1553
Mitzvah Market would like to thank Alec for sharing his project with us. Let’s help Alec reach his goal, please send your used DVD’s, CD’s etc to the address above!