DETROIT (WXYZ) - Nearly one thousand volunteers will fan out across metro Detroit on Christmas Day as part of Mitzvah Day - the Jewish community's largest annual volunteer effort.
Organizers say this huge local tradition brings together volunteers of all ages to "participate in dozens of social service projects throughout metro Detroit so that their Christian neighbors can celebrate Christmas at home with their families."
In Hebrew, "mitzvahs" are good deeds.
For the fifth year, many area Muslims will join the Jewish community to help out around town.
Volunteers will be doing things like preparing and serving holiday meals, and delivering toys and gifts to families in need.
Mitzvah Day is organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. The Michigan Muslim Community Council is coordinating volunteer participation from the local Muslim community for Mitzvah Day.