DC Area Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Baha’i Step in For Christian Volunteers on Christmas Service Day

December 14, 2005

Source: Washington Jewish Week


On December 14, 2005 Washington Jewish Week reported, "Visiting the sick, feeding the hungry and helping the homeless - it's all in a day's work for close to 1,000 area volunteers. A hundred shy of that number converged on the Washington DC Jewish Community Center last Dec. 25 for a holiday tradition: Jews stepping in for staff at local nonprofits, so that the staffers can spend Christmas with their families. This month, organizers hope to swell the ranks of volunteers for the 19th annual December 25th Community Service Day with an influx from other faiths, including Muslims, Hindus and Baha'i... At the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center, which has seven branches in Northern Virginia, interfaith chairperson Farhanahz Ellis is recruiting people for the project, which will fan out to at least 34 area nonprofits."