Mitzvot from the heart: Jack Deusch

Jack Deutsch

United Hebrew Congregation

The Alzheimer’s Association is an organization near and dear to Jack and his family as several family members have suffered or are suffering with the disease, including his grandmother, Diane. Jack, son of Stacey and Brian Deutsch of Chesterfield, hoped to raise funds and awareness for this organization with two of the mitzvah projects he did. 

The first was volunteering at the Go! St. Louis Marathon. Wearing his Alzheimer’s Association T-shirt, Jack handed out medals to the younger runners who participated in the Read, Right, and Run program, something he did during elementary school. 

This program’s goal is to develop reading-proficient, community-minded and physically fit children in grades K-5 by challenging them to read 26 books, perform 26 good deeds, and run 26.2 miles over a six-month period.

Jack enjoyed doing this so much that he decided to do it again in April when he will be giving a medal to his younger sister who is participating for the first time.

“Walk to End Alzheimer” was the second project Jack supported, walking with his parents and grandfather, Ken Deutsch, Diane’s husband. In addition, Jack sent out letters to friends and family requesting their assistance and raised more than $1,000 for the association. 

Jack’s third mitzvah project was volunteering with the National Council Jewish Women’s (NCJW) Back to School! Store, which works closely with area agencies and schools to identify children in need. During the one-day event, each child works with a volunteer to shop for new clothing and supplies for the school year.

Jack’s mother had been volunteering with this event for many years and thought it was time for him to get involved. Since NCJW needed help with the set up, Jack unloaded boxes of clothing, backpacks and school supplies. He also unwrapped all these items and set them on racks and tables so the children could better see and find their size easily.  Although he did not work directly with the children, as he was too young, he will definitely do so when he gets older.

A student at Crestview Middle School, Jack not only enjoyed all three events, but felt great knowing he was able to help out others and raise awareness to two very important causes.