(JTA) — Hundreds of volunteers across America participated in the Areyvut organization’s National Mitzvah Day.
The seventh annual day for volunteers to become involved in community service activities focused on providing individuals with basic necessities such as food and shelter.

Projects included a blood drive in Iowa City, Iowa; preparing bag lunches for indigent children in Andover, Mass.; and clowning programs in New York and New Jersey.
Areyvut, a nonprofit organization established in 2002, creates programming for Jewish schools and institutions to enrich Jewish youth.