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Pinch Hitters Step in on Christmas Day

By December 12, 2022December 14th, 2022Atlanta Jewish Community, People in Need

There are several stereotypes about what Jews do on Christmas Day—like eat Chinese food or go to the movies. But what about acts of community service? For many Jews, Christmas Day is an opportunity to step up for their friends and neighbors.

B’nai B’rith’s Pinch Hitters do just that. The Pinch Hitters include members of Achim/Gate City Lodge, plus hundreds of other Jewish Atlantans. Every year on Christmas Day, they volunteer at area hospitals and assisted living facilities so non-medical personnel who celebrate Christmas can take the day off to be with family.

Pinch Hitters began in 1980 with just 18 volunteers at one hospital. This year, hundreds of volunteers will spend the day at nine local hospitals and assisted living centers. Over the years, Pinch Hitters has become a tradition for many families. On December 25, 1990, President George H. W. Bush awarded Pinch Hitters the 355th Daily Point of Light Award.

This year’s facilities include Veterans Administration Medical Center, Dunwoody Place, Historic Place of Roswell, William Breman Jewish Home, Solana of East Cobb, Berman Commons, Georgian Lakeside and The Cohen Home. Volunteers work in four-hour shifts, from approximately 7 to 11, 11 to 3, or 3 to 7.

It is invaluable to give back to the hardworking staff of these essential facilities, who do so much for so many. It is incredibly special to walk a mile in their shoes while they enjoy some well-deserved rest time on a holiday that is meaningful for them. The Pinch Hitters program is a real mitzvah.

If you would like to become a Pinch Hitter, visit their website at www.pinchhitters.org. For any questions, call Harry Lutz at 678-485-8179.

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