Mitzvah Blessings Project
For the last 29 years in honor of my parents, I started a Mitzvah Blessings Project. The mitzvah takes place within the days after Christmas and just before New Years Eve. In recent years, the mitzvah’s took on more meaning, and they are now dedicated mitzvoth. Amen.
The project began one wintery day with me wanting a pair Sorrels. I drove to the Sports Castle in downtown Denver. I went in and bought the boots. I walked out with happy feet, and the old pair in the box.
I drove around downtown in the snow and stumbled upon a heartening sight. Sitting at the bus stop in a heavy snow was a young girl. She was wrapped in a blanket, wearing sneakers, and a suitcase.
Taking a deep breath ... I pulled over and gave her my boots. I said, "You need these more then me." I offered to drive her to a shelter and she refused. I will never forget her face an image embedded in time.
I drove home and told my parents what happened. We cried. From that day forward we have fed, and clothe many lost souls.
The recent recipients have been a group of Gulf War vets, and we spoke recently. I asked, they shared what sacrifices they make, and what they do with those VA benefits. “My name is David, and I came home an emotional mental wreck, and cannot maintain a normal life." The ones I spoke with send the money directly to their kids, and they sleep on the street or in shelters. They sleep on the streets because they're severe alcoholics, drug addicts, and cannot maintain the jobs. Many joined the military already broken mentally, and from abused homes. Many had no high school education, but a basic GED, and the economy changed.
They get little benefits and the hospital system is broken. The hospital distance is to far, and the VA system does not care. VA related news 17,000 soldiers are coming home within the month, and how many of them are broken mentally. My VA suggestions, create a medical unit on wheels, and visit these vets on the streets. I would say that suggestion would take an act of congress, but they are messed-up.
• The Group of packages
• Food, good food
• Socks, homeless value socks and gloves
• Sweaters, new wool sweaters
My family is doing the best we can to make a difference by giving back ... How do you give back or have you received, please share your story?
Dedicated to: Mom, thank you for standing behind me when I was falling hard.