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Mitzvah of the Moment: Cold Weather Kits

This winter, you can help local community members in need stay warm by creating Cold Weather Kits that will be distributed through local food pantries. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by performing an act of service to benefit others.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Fill a gallon-sized resealable bag with the following new and unused items (Based on our research, completed packages may cost approximately $10 each):
  • 1 Stick or pot of lip balm
  • 1 Pack of tissues (travel packs)
  • 2 Packets hot cocoa (individual packs) 
  • 2 Tea bags
  • 2 Disposable handwarmers 
  • 1 Pair of warm socks
  1. Drop off your completed packages between Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and Monday, January 24 at a location convenient to you. Drop-off locations will be in South Orange, Short Hills, Scotch Plains, Summit, and Randolph. Specific drop-off addresses and instructions will be emailed to you. Kits will be distributed to individuals via local food pantries throughout Greater MetroWest.
  2. Take a photo of your family making or delivering packages and post it to the Center for Volunteerism Facebook page with the hashtags #mitzvahofthemoment and #IamGMW.
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To read about more ways to Make MLK Day Meaningful, click here.

To learn about more opportunities to volunteer for MLK Day, click here.


Questions? Contact Lindsay Norman at

Terri Friedman, Center for Volunteerism Chair