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Palm Beach organization urges people to volunteer on Black Friday

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 18:45:51-05

PALM BEACH, Fla. — It's a different call to service.

This year, the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews is asking people to volunteer on the day after Thanksgiving.

According to the Florida Non-Profit Alliance, the Sunshine State is ranked last when it comes to volunteerism.

"You’re working side by side with your neighbors," said Sherri Gilbert, the Executive Director of the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews.

Gilbert is pushing for a different approach to Black Friday this year.

"It’s called Fellowship Friday," said Gilbert.

Instead of standing in line at the store on Black Friday, the organization is hoping people will stand in to help those who need it most.

"There’s always a beach cleanup. We go all the way out to Big Dog Ranch Rescue," said Gilbert.

Gilbert added they’ve partnered with several different organizations around the county to give volunteers different ways to serve the community, while also serving a lesson on inclusion.

"That’s really the whole point of it is to bring people together just by helping, and then connecting with each other as well," said Gilbert.

To learn more about the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews, along with Fellowship Friday, click here.