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After Ivy and Larry Lesser’s twins were born, the babies – Calyn and Charlie – spent some time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Honor Health in Scottsdale. Today the twins are 17 months old and Ivy Lesser has started a project she calls Budding Baskets, where she donates baby clothes to the NICU departments at multiple hospitals across the Valley.
Operation Homefront, which helps provide support to military families, is partnering with Dollar Tree stores for Back-to-School Brigade, which provides military families with school supplies. School supplies can be purchased and placed in collection boxes at Dollar Tree stores through Aug. 11.
Families at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s preschool are working to help one of the school’s teachers who recently has been diagnosed with West Nile virus.
“Baby and Me Time,” a drop-in support group for parents of babies ages 6 weeks to 12 months hosted by the Shalom Center of Temple Chai, will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the house at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. New parents are invited to share the experiences and responsibilities of parenthood. Babies are welcome. Call 602-971-1234.
The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program is looking for volunteers who can help provide transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Many cancer patients don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford the extra gasoline or don’t have access to public transportation. Some patients may be elderly and unable to drive, too ill to drive or have no family members or friends who are able to provide regular assistance with transportation. Volunteers must be 18 or older, have a valid driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle, proof of automobile insurance and good driving history. They arrange their own schedules and can commit as many or as few hours as their schedule allows. The American Cancer Society provides free training to drivers and conducts criminal background and driving record checks. Volunteer coordinators also are needed and help schedule the requested rides. Call (800) 227-2345, or visit cancer.org.
Celebrate Volunteers has started a new website, celebratevolunteers.com, that provides an online community for volunteers and those who work with volunteers. The site tells the stories of volunteers and the impact they make. The site’s missions are to inspire leaders to celebrate and honor their volunteers; to recognize volunteers and the positive effect of their service; to motivate people to volunteer and be of service; and to promote organizations and corporations who value volunteerism.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is organizing relief efforts in response to a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador that has killed at least 272 people and injured more than 2,500.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about the question facing French Jews as anti-Semitism continues to spark violence and fear there.