Some 130,000 Israelis and many thousands of others throughout the world are going out Tuesday to do a good deed for others as part of Good Deeds Day, which was initiated by businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison and is operated by the Ruach Tova (Good Spirit) association, part of the Arison Group.
The fifth annual Good Deeds Day is taking place in Israel after being held in the rest of the world on Sunday.
This year in Israel, 90 local authorities, including 30 Arab towns and villages, are taking part in Good Deeds Day. Thirty academic institutions throughout the country are also holding activities to benefit the community.
Pupils in dozens of schools are participating in Good Deeds Day activities, as well as 5,000 Israel Defense Forces soldiers from 100 different units who have volunteered to do a good deed for others.
Workers from some 700 businesses have volunteered for a wide range of projects, including painting the homes of senior citizens, cleaning up beaches and parks, renovating centers for children at risk and creating public gardens. These are just a few of the more than 2,000 projects organized by the Arison Group’s Ruach Tova organization especially for Good Deeds Day.
“Good Deeds Day has become the leading day of giving, and this year private individuals, schoolchildren, students, soldiers and workers from many companies are joining in the fifth annual Good Deeds Day with the aim of doing a good deed for others,” says Shari Arison, the initiator of Good Deeds Day.
“In speaking of good deeds, I mean anything that causes us to give and then afterwards to feel good about it. Even smiling at someone in the street is a good deed,” she says.
“Each year, this project enables tens of thousands of people in Israel and throughout the world to experience the pleasure of doing something good for someone else and to discover that in many cases, it’s very easy to give. That’s because there are many places where a smile and listening ear can bring about change in someone’s situation. In our experience, many of the volunteers choose to go on volunteering after Good Deeds Day and succeed in bringing happiness to even more people, and to themselves as well,” Arison says.
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