In first person… Collecting Passover food

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I attend Brandeis Hillel Day school in San Rafael, and I am in the seventh grade. My bat mitzvah is tomorrow at Congregation Rodef Sholom. For my mitzvah project I decided to supply Passover food to needy families and home-bound seniors.

I placed an article in my school bulletin and sent a letter to every family in the school requesting that they donate money or food for my project. I put a box in the office for people who wanted to donate food. For the people that decided to donate money, I asked them to send it to my house. I raised over $430.

At school, I collected the following food items: seven boxes of matzah ball soup mix, two tins of macaroons, four coffee cake mixes, two potato pancake mixes, four boxes of Passover noodles, one bottle of wine, one bottle of grape juice, one bottle of gefilte fish, one box of candy, 24 boxes of matzah and one bottle of horseradish.

I went to Mollie Stone's with my bubbe, zayde and sister to buy food with the money I raised, plus additional money raised by Jewish Women International. We spent about $900 on Passover food.

After shopping, I packed up 31 bags of Passover food, and each bag had a wide variety of items, including a Haggadah and about $30 worth of food. Then I delivered the packages to Jewish Family and Children's Services. It felt really good knowing that I was able to help people celebrate Passover.