Mitzvah Day is an annual day of faith-based social action which takes place each November and this was the sixth consecutive year Leyton Orient has been invited to spend and celebrate the day with the Vi and John Rubens care home in Ilford.
Both players joined in the celebrations by wearing scarves and hats that one resident had knitted for the occasion and tickets were handed out to both residents and staff for the next home game at Brisbane Road against York City.
For Scott Kashket the day was even closer to his heart as his great Nan, Tilly Stern, 93, is a long term resident in the home. They spent time talking to others with Tilly telling a few childhood stories along the way!
Neil Taylor, Director of Community Service at the home, said: “The aim of the day is to give the residents something to look forward to. It not only gives them company but also allows them to relive their football fan days.” And he added, “It makes the residents day, especially those that are football fans getting the attention from professionals.”
Set up in 2005, Mitzvah Day is a growing organization aiming to encourage groups and individuals to engage in different volunteer projects and give back to their local community. By encouraging people to give time rather than money there is a hope that stronger personal links will be made. By 2008 Mitzvah Day became an independent charity and had over 30,000 people taking part in the initiative throughout the world by 2013.
With this being the sixth year of involvement between Leyton Orient and Vi and John Rubens Care Home these stronger community links can already be seen first hand.
Taylor added: “It’s all about bringing the community to the care home, which Leyton Orient does fantastically each year. By coming here it makes the residents happy and by giving them the opportunity to go to another football match is letting this happiness continue.”