More than a hundred Project ImpACT teenage volunteers took a break from their usual weekly volunteering sessions cooking for the homeless to join together and bring Purim joy to charities.

They rolled up their sleeves to make and bake Hamantaschen in partnership with US Chessed for Jewish charities including Jami, Langdon, Norwood and Chai Cancer Care.

An excited buzz and a delicious aroma filled the air while the teenagers worked together making pastry, adding tasty fillings and baking. Once cooked, the Hamantaschen were individually packaged by the volunteers and wrapped with special messages of support for their recipients.

Louise Hager, Chair of Chai Cancer Care praised the volunteers for working together to make a difference for various charities every week. In light of the war in Ukraine she talked to the volunteers about the importance of unity in the face of challenging times. She said: “There is complete unity in Ukraine now and that’s a lesson you can all take together. Am Yisroel Chai.”

Joe Green, 15 said: “I have been doing Project ImpACT as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Silver award and let me tell you, it’s amazing. Every session is inspiring. We hear from a speak briefing us about who we are volunteering for, which helps us connect more with the people we are trying to help. We then get busy, cooking, baking and packing.”