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Families and individuals of all ages are invited to join the Shames JCC’s MLK Day of Service event! Together, along with JCC of Mid-Westchester, synagogues, and other Jewish agencies across Westchester, you can help battle local food insecurity by packing Blizzard Boxes—and bring joy to Afghan refugee children by packing Play Packs filled with games and toys to be distributed to the thousands of children housed at the Fort Dix military base in NJ.

How to participate

Select your project (you are invited and encouraged to make Blizzard Boxes and Play Packs). Participants will be provided boxes, tissue, DIY card printouts and coloring sheets to create boxes (directions will be included in the kits). Participants will purchase the food and items to fill the boxes.
Blizzard Boxes: Items for purchase (per box): canned vegetable soup (no meat or poultry; low sodium preferred), canned fruit (in juice or water) or dried fruit (such as a box of raisins), canned vegetable soup (no meat or poultry; low sodium preferred), canned fruit (in juice or water) or dried fruit (such as a box of raisins), canned vegetable (low sodium preferred), canned tuna or salmon, box of milk (single serving, shelf-stable)
Play Packs: Items should be gender-neutral. Each should include any 5 of the following 6 NEW items: coloring book or activity book, crayons, fidget spinner or pop-it type of toy, small play-doh or slime, bouncy ball, deck of cards or card game (Go-Fish, Uno, etc.)
Register for Blizzard Box and/or Play Pack kits at a location convenient for you (there are several locations to choose from around Westchester). There will be materials to make 2 boxes in each kit. Please keep this in mind when signing up. You will need to purchase the items from the lists above for each BOX you create.
Pick-up your kits Follow the directions carefully of when and how to pick up your materials.
Prior to MLK Day, a Zoom/FB link will be distributed for the virtual event.
Drop off your boxes at the same location you picked up your boxes, following the instructions from the organization.

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About Shames JCC on Hudson

371 South Broadway

Tarrytown, NY


  • Standard hours: Mon-Thurs 5:15 am-10:00 pm; Fri 5:15 am- 6:00 pm; Sat/Sun 7:00 am-6 pm
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • Bring food: No
  • Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
  • Changing tables in the men's room(s): No
  • Family bathroom: Yes

  • The non-profit, non sectarian, Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson offers: After-school care, 2 day camps, 2 preschools, adult and children's enrichment programming, 2 indoor pools, 7500 sq. ft gymnasium, fitness center, family locker rooms, and more. Space rentals may be available.
  • Play area: Indoor and Outdoor
  • Party room: Yes

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