Jewish Federation of Volusia-Flagler Executive Director Gloria Max, and her husband, Ray, have been honored for the community work they do in Ormond and beyond.
BY THE OBSERVER STAFF
Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia-Flagler, was given the Missionary Award from Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center Jan. 11, at a special service at Temple Beth-El, 579 N. Nova Road.
In the past year, Max has helped to supply more than 27,500 people with food, through the Jerry Dolinger Food Bank, as well as money for utilities and rent bills. She also led the donation of clothing, furniture, household goods and medical supplies.
Hospital employees vote on the recipient of this award annually, based on which volunteer has most helped the community in previous years.
Max oversaw the spending of than $245,000 through the food bank in 2012, as well as in drives to give backpacks and school supplies to almost 7,000 local students and pay the pharmacy bills of 100 residents.
Keeping with the group’s Jewish faith, they have also purchased two first-responder fire trucks, three bomb shelters and a pediatric hospital room in Isreal. And after tragedies, members seek out individuals affected and send them funds directly.
Gloria Max’s husband, Ray, was also recently honored, when the Ormond Beach City Commission read a proclamation naming Jan. 11, 2013 Ray Max Day, for all the volunteer work he does locally.
The Jerry Dolinger Food Bank will host a walk-a-thon Jan. 27, at Congregation B’nai Torah, 403 N. Nova Road. Cost is $18 for adults and $9 for kids under 13.