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In focus- Handmaker residents help Homer Davis kids

Handmaker residents and staff with weekend food packs for Homer Davis Elementary Schol, Feb. 18. Back row (L-R): Nahid Nematollahi, Elaine McLain, Carol Donisi, Norma Friel, and Brayton Person; front row: Roslyn Friedman and Donald Tuttle

Residents of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging had an opportunity to do a mitzvah Feb. 18. They built weekend food packs for 96 food insecure students at Homer Davis Elementary School, as part of the Homer Davis Project of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, coordinated by Mary Ellen Loebl. Handmaker residents variously put labels on bags, opened the bags, and filled them with cans of soup, ravioli, peanut butter, chocolate milk, and other snacks to get the kids through the long rodeo weekend. Residents enjoyed putting the packages together, and felt good to be able to help the children, says Nanci Levy, community outreach coordinator at Handmaker.