MLK Day of Service
For over a decade, PSJC has honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King by spending the day giving back to the community. Rabbi Joshua Heschel, pictured above with Reverend King, called us to social action by suggesting that we "pray with our feet" - on the MLK Day of Service we expand this mandate to "pray with the works of our hands." Each year, nearly 200 community members - adults and children - come together to volunteer on many, many projects. Activities typically include making shelf-stable soup kits, putting together hygiene kits for the Brooklyn Family Justice Center (FJC), sorting books and clothing for donation, knitting and crocheting preemie caps and baby blankets, participating in letter-writing campaigns in support of refugees, making meals to stock the PSJC freezer, and so much more.
MLK Day 2023 involved making 359 PB&J sandwiches for CHiPS; 50 cards for God's Love We Deliver; collecting 25 signatures supporting the NY Clean Slate Act and 30 in support of federal refugee assistance; 700+ books for Brooklyn Book Bodega; 25 meals for food insecure community members; 20+ sets of coats, mittens, and hats for asylum seekers; 400+ soup kits for local food pantries; 22 Metrocards for refugees; 333 snack packs for Family Justice Center; 110 GORP packs for Camp Friendship; and 20 blanket squares for CHiPS' Frances Residence, made by 17 new knitters!