Person of the Week: Micki Grossman helps those in need during the holidays with Mitzvah Day

Posted at 6:23 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 22:58:04-05

Micki Grossman is the main force behind a longtime service movement on Christmas Day in metro Detroit, called Mitzvah Day.

The mother of three has been a part of the Jewish Community Relations Council Effort for more than 20 years, and a co-chair for seven.

Grossman pulls together about 1,000 volunteers who visit 47 places across Detroit and the surrounding areas to make people feel special through food, gifts and an equally important gesture, good conversation.

"They appreciate people talking to them," she said. "I don't think we should ever be the people that come on the white horses, here to do good. You have to interact with people. You have to really care."

Part of it now, Serene Zeni is one of the many Muslim volunteers who have joined with Micki and the Mitzvah Day crew to reach across religious lines and do what's right by all people.

"We're no different than everyone else," Zeni said. "We care as much as everyone else cares. We love everyone whether they are Jewish or Christian or Buddhist or Hindu, everybody is the same to us."

So, for bringing everyone together on a precious day where Christians celebrate their faith, to act out a commandment to better this world, Micki Grossman, you are our Person of the Week.