For 15-year-old Sara Zebovitz, taking time out on a sunny and pleasant Sunday afternoon to sell lemon-bread loaf, chocolate-peanut butter chow-mein chunks and an assortment of other goodies was well worth it.
She and other members of the Habonim Dror Camp Galil in Bucks County sold their treats on Dec. 11 at the Acme in Bryn Mawr. Their effort was part of the Great American Bake Sale, a national initiative that encourages people to peddle their wares and give the proceeds to Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit group that aims to help stamp out childhood hunger in the United States.
"We could really connect to it because it's kids," said Zebovitz, who resides in Elkins Park.
The teenager said that since Camp Galil encourages its attendees to do any number of mitzvot, she suggested trying to fight hunger right here. She got the idea after studying about famine and deprivation in Africa this past year at the camp.
"It worked with my camp," she explained. "We do a lot of community service, and I thought, 'We should do that.' "
Although Galil is a summer camp – albeit one modeled after a kibbutz, where kids are taught social responsibility while living in a communal atmosphere – they also run some other activities during the rest of the year.
While the students did not reach their stated goal of $200, they did get very close: Zebovitz and the 13 other kids collected $184.52.
The group plans to make another stab at it before Jan. 29, when the Great American Bake Sale ends for the year.