Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Purim Challenge: You give cans. I give cash.

**UPDATE:  This challenge will be extended through tomorrow, just to have one more opportunity day for a mitzvah!!  Please give what you can!!**

Matanot L'Evyonim - one of the major mitzvot of Purim but sometimes overlooked.  This is the mitzvah where, even though we go crazy with our celebrations, we ALWAYS remember those who are needy among us and we GIVE.

Kosher on a Budget is challenging her fellow bloggers to raise the profile of this mitzvah, and with your help, I know that Houston will rise to the challenge.

Here's how it will work:  For every non-perishable food item that you donate between now and Ta'anit Esther (March 17), Houston Ima will donate 10 cents to Yad Sarah in Israel, up to $200.

Yad Sarah is an incredible organization in Israel that is dedicated to assisting homebound individuals to make life easier, serving the disabled, the elderly, and the sick, all provided free or at minimal cost by an enormous network of volunteers.  My aunt (z"l) was a beneficiary and the work they do is mindblowing.  Visit their website to get a feel of the services they provide.

Give as generously as your budget (or pantry) will allow, and leave a comment on this post with the number of items you donated AND leave a comment on the original Kosher on a Budget post.

In local grocery stores, we have a network of "red barrels" to help you donate to the Houston Food Bank.  Or, you can donate to your pantry or organization of your choice.

Thank you, Houston!


  1. Thanks for linking up, Ilanit! I hope people start donating some food!!!

  2. What a great idea! I'll donate 50 cans to the effort, so that's $5 for Yad Sarah!

  3. cool your doing it too. Good for you. I dropped off 5 things. Happy for the 5 simple things I dropped off to go such a "long way" and become more valuable than I first thought :)


  4. I gave 10 at KOAB... How long are you going to leave this up?? I will try to link up to my blog...

  5. Daniela - hi there! Nice to "meet" you! Tisku l'mitzvot!!

    Chatzos Challenge - the challenge will go through Friday - I'll leave the post up through Purim...tizku l'mitzvot!!

  6. We are dropping off toiletries this morning - 15 items. Thanks again for participating. Tizki l'Mitzvot, Houston Ima :)

  7. I donated 30 hotel/sample size toiletries, 8 full size toiletries and 4 food items to the women's shelter and food pantry. Chag Purim Sameach. Thanks for inspiring other to give - Chag Sameach. DJL

  8. Wow, thanks Devorah! Tizku l'mitzvot and have a terrific Purim!

  9. Hi,
    My Kadima(youth movement kids) collected 18 items for the local kosher food pantry!

  10. Zippy - thanks! What a wonderful donation and excellent lesson for the kids. Thanks for participating in the challenge! Tizku l'mitzvot and have a joyous Purim!