Michael Spelfogel from Rockville Centre, NY selected a Mitzvah Project to support a cause that hits close to home. Mitzvah Market caught up with him to hear about his project first-hand.
MM: Why did you select this particular Mitzvah Project?
MS: One of my friends was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness when he was 7 years old. He and his family heroically battled this illness for several years. After receiving and recovering from treatments, my friend is finally able to enjoy a normal life.
MM: Tell us the details of your project?
MS: I’ve seen how hard it is for families to go through a trauma like this. That’s why I’ve chosen to collect donations for Sunrise Day Camp, run by the Friedberg JCC. Sunrise is a camp for children with cancer and their siblings – they know that along with a cancer patient comes a family. Sunrise makes it possible for these children to enjoy a summer filled with fun and friendships. And it’s offered at no cost to the families.
MM: Tell us more about Sunrise Day Camp.
MS: Some of the activities the kids enjoy at Sunrise include: board games, hand held games, model magic clay, teen books, card games, puppets, word search games, Magic Pen books, coloring books, crayons and markers. I asked friends and family to help put a smile on the faces of the Sunrise campers by donating an item from this list. They dropped items off at my house or brought them along the day of my Bar Mitzvah.
Thanks Michael for sharing your thoughtful project with our readers. In the past, we profiled another Mitzvah child who had a project that also benefitted Sunrise Day Camp. Read about her Mitzvah Project here.