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caption=”Julian Adler, 13, started From My Hood to Your Hood to give sweatshirts to hurricane victims.”]
When we look at major disasters like hurricanes in the United States, many of us think, “My goodness, how can I help?” In many cases, everything is needed, starting with basics like soap and food. And really, we all have something we could part with, right?
Julian Adler looked at Katrina and then looked into his closet. He saw the devastation and a way he could help. Julian is 13, an age many Jewish kids celebrate their Bat or Bar Mitzvah. In his neighborhood, they observe a custom where sweatshirts are given out as party favors. Some kids can end up with as many as 100 hoodies! Julian knew they didn’t need all of them, but knew that the victims of the hurricane did.
He started From My Hood to Your Hood, donating sweatshirts to youngsters who lost everything. He then applied for charitable shipping with FedEx and got it. Now he’s thinking of how he can help the ‘hoods effected by Gustav.
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