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Weekend Purim Carnival in Mahwah

Simultaneous drives are highlighting the holiday’s commitment to giving back

The Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom is asking locals to help celebrate Purim, happening Saturday night and Sunday, by giving back to the community.

On Sunday, the temple is hosting a Purim Carnival from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The first of a dual drive at the carnival is a bone marrow drive for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. The second is a food drive for the Center for Food Action in Mahwah.

The Beth Haverim website explains the bone marrow drive:

On Saturday evening, February 23, after the Purim Spiel, and Sunday, February 24, at the Purim carnival from 11:45am-1pm, sign up to be a potential donor. Each year thousands of patients worldwide search for a suitable donor for a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. They rely upon a stranger for hope. Registering is easy and done through a simple cheek swab.  Eligibility is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 and in general good health.  As the Talmud says, “He who saves a life, it is as if he has saved an entire world.”  If you have already been previously swabbed, there is no need to swab again.

Monetary donations are also needed, though not required. Each swab costs $60 to process, so any amount is greatly appreciated! To learn about Gift of Life in 60 seconds, click here.

Anyone who comes to donate either bone marrow or food will receive raffle tickets to win prizes.

Attendees can also buy raffle tickets for the chance to win prizes like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts gift cards.

Get more information here.

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