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Young Adults Support Isolated Seniors Through Second Successful FedLED Clothing Sale

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Memphis Jewish Federation FedLED volunteer, Abby Wilson, pictured above is seen organizing clothes for the July 11 clothing sale.
“Giving back to our community, being involved, and helping fellow community members is contagious,” said FedLED Co-Chair Jaclyn Marshall. “It truly feels great knowing that we collectively worked together to help others.”

On Sunday, July 11th, a passionate group of 15 volunteers, under the auspices of Memphis Jewish Federation’s FedLED initiative, held a successful clothing sale to benefit Memphis Jewish Federation’s home-delivered meals program for isolated seniors.

During this event, children’s clothes donated by members of the Jewish community were organized onto tables at low price points and sold to shoppers. Proceeds from the sale went directly to support kosher, home-delivered meals for isolated seniors, where every $7 raised from the sale is equivalent to buying a meal for a senior. Driven by the work from our dedicated volunteers, the event raised just over $700, which translates to 100 meals for seniors able to be provided.

“I loved watching this next generation take on some of the same projects we did when I was younger,” said Renelle Ballin, event volunteer and mother of FedLED council member Jana Weiskopf. “I enjoyed being part of it and wanted to help support my daughter and her friends.”

“It was definitely a positive event! Not only because of the amount of money raised and the number of meals we provided for home-bound seniors, but also thanks to the number of volunteers who were engaged in making it happen,” said Sophie Bloch, Federation’s Director of Young Adult Leadership, who coordinated the volunteers and provided logistical support for the project. “Because the event took place at the MJCC Pavilion, everyone from pickleball players to pool-goers stopped by to peruse the items, and it was apparent that the larger Memphis Jewish community knew what we were doing.”

All of the clothing not purchased by the end of the sale was promptly donated to Memphis Rox, who oversees The Soulsville Community Closet initiative located on the One Family Campus. This program offers essential staples such as hygiene and household items as well as clothing at an affordable price, and they were very grateful for the clothing donation.

“This event gave our community a chance to safely join together and do something for the greater good and contribute to those in need,” said FedLED Council member Jana Weiskopf. “We delivered over 25 bags of kids’ clothes to Memphis Rox’s Community Closet initiative. It was nice to know that we could help provide even the smallest amount of assistance.”

“Thank you to everyone who participated in this event, whether it was through donating clothes, volunteering, shopping, or just checking it out,” said Sophie.

“This event could not have been possible without the people volunteering their time and creativity to serve on the FedLED Council, namely Jana Weiskopf, Jaclyn Marshall, Martin Klazmer, Emily Lennon, and Aviva Freiden. More volunteers assisted with this event than the previous clothing sale sponsored by FedLED, and it was inspiring to see,” said Sophie.

If you are a young adult in our community and would like to be involved in FedLED, please contact Sophie Bloch at sbloch@jcpmemphis.org.
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