Popcorn for Homeless

Today I was blessed to sit courtside at a Knicks game with my friend Emmett and his dad.  We had the opportunity to see the ‘Splash Bros’ (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) drain some wet three-pointers at the Garden. Towards the end of the game, a very polite security guard named Michelle, came up to…

Help for NOLA

Over Martin Luther King Weekend, I was fortunate to travel with kids from my temple and two other neighboring synagogues to New Orleans, Louisiana on a service trip. In this photo, you’ll see the fourteen kids from our temple, Temple Emanu-El. That’s me in the baseball cap and black sweatshirt. I had a wonderful experience and…

Orphanage in Peru

My winter break was one of a kind.  My family went to Peru and hiked Machu Picchu, which is something I will never forget for the rest of my life. But equally as memorable was visiting an orphanage called Juan Pablo Segundo in Cusco, Peru on Christmas Eve.  We had a free day in our…

A Puzzling Donation

December is the month most people run around buying holiday gifts for loved ones. But Jack and I have been busy getting gifts for total strangers.  Our family made the decision not to buy gifts for each other this year. Don’t feel bad for us, because we are taking a family trip to Peru instead….

Brownies to Benefit Sick Kids

The only thing better than eating brownies is eating brownies to help sick kids. My advisor/history teacher organized a bake sale to benefit the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital today. Here are some of my classmates setting up the bake sale. If you’ve never heard of this hospital, it’s located in downtown New York and it treats…

Baseball Clean-Up

Andrew and I play travel baseball on Sundays. Every week is a double header, which means a minimum of six hours on the field. By the end of the second baseball game, there’s usually lots of trash strewn around.   For our act of kindness, Andrew and I spent an extra 15 minutes throwing away trash during the games.  We…

18.9 lbs of Candy for Sick Kids

My brother and I love trick-or-treating. We always celebrate Halloween with the same friends we’ve known since I was five and Andrew was four. In our city neighborhood, some streets close to cars on Halloween evening, which makes trick-or-treating easier and safer. Most businesses also give out candy.  We also go to our friend’s apartment building to trick-or-treat. I came…

Donating Containers

My brother and I like to volunteer at a soup kitchen in our neighborhood whenever we can. For 35 Years, the All Souls church has been feeding 300 people dinner Monday nights. It takes over 100 volunteers a week to make that happen. But this fall I have practice for my school play on Mondays,…

Socktober

The inspiration for our latest act of kindness came from Kid President, a “family project out to change the world.” According to Kid President founder Brad Montague, every night about 600,000 people live on the streets, and socks are the least donated items to most homeless shelters. We know the situation here in NYC is particularly bad,…

School Supplies for PS-83

Imagine trying to do math without a pencil? Or trying to write an English essay without lined paper? Most of us take these school supplies for granted. But at many New York City public schools, students don’t have enough of these items. And it’s hard to do well in school without them. Every year, our…

Soup Kitchen

On Monday I volunteered at a soup kitchen at the Unitarian Church of All Souls. This is not the first time I’ve been to All Souls to volunteer.  My school has a longstanding partnership with All Souls, but I often just show up on Monday nights to help out when I can. When I first arrived,…

Treats for a Sick Friend

Yesterday our friend Kelly injured herself.  She was standing on a chair trying to grab something up high from a cabinet while on her tippy toes. She fell and injured her back and had to go to the emergency room.  She spent many miserable hours there but fortunately will be okay.  She is in lot of pain, and it…