Mary Goldman of Farmington Hills prepares a meal at the Pope Francis Center.

The frigid temps and 6 inches of snowfall on Dec. 25 didn’t hinder the more than 900 Mitzvah Day volunteers from spreading good will at 51 project sites throughout Metropolitan Detroit. Volunteers of all ages joined together for the largest single day of volunteering in the Detroit Jewish community, replacing Christian staff and volunteers so they could celebrate the holiday with their families.
For the eighth year, volunteers from the Michigan Muslim Community Council worked alongside Jewish volunteers at many Mitzvah Day sites.
Volunteers delivered toys to children, prepared and delivered meals, played bingo with seniors, visited with veterans, served meals at homeless shelters, sorted books for Bookstock and cared for dogs at the I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Shelter in Warren. At Brilliant Detroit, a new Mitzvah Day site, volunteers painted and organized the reading rooms and common areas, organized clothing for clients and prepared bags of school supplies for children. The Mitzvah Day spirit was widely shared through numerous interviews on TV, radio and in newspaper stories. Fox 2 joined Mitzvah Day volunteers at the Pope Francis Center in Detroit for live coverage on Christmas morning.
Presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Mitzvah Day 2017 was co-chaired by Micki Grossman, Milt Neuman and Illana Stern.