Local Student Uses Bar Mitzvah to Support First Coast Blessings

Local Student Uses Bar Mitzvah to Support First Coast Blessings

Marsh Langsam, a student at Bartram Trail High School, decided to use a very eventful moment in his life helping other kids who aren’t as fortunate. During his August 2021 Bar Mitzvah, Marsh hosted a fundraiser for First Coast Blessings which resulted in 170 school supply pouches for local students and $650 towards Hunger Free Weekends. We got to catch up with Marsh on why he felt compelled to help:

Q: How did you find out about Blessings in a Backpack?
Marsh: I found out about Blessings at school and I know they do really good things.

Q:
What made you decide to fundraise for Blessings at your Bar Mitzvah?
Marsh: Part of becoming Bar Mitzvah is now being responsible for helping others. I know Covid was really hard on everybody. I wanted to help kids that needed it. The backpack part of the name made me think of school supplies. I wanted to help with stuff kids need for school and also with the food they need.

Q:
What was the final amount you raised and number of bags that were packed at the Bar Mitzvah?
Marsh: I raised $925. I spent $275 on the school supplies for the kids and am donating $650 for food. The donation is 170 pouches of school supplies. And $650 will feed 5 kids for every weekend of the school year. That makes me happy. Some of my friends also made cards for the kids.

Marsh and his friends wrote notes for First Coast Blessings recipients

Q:
What would you say to others who are considering fundraising or packing for Blessings?
Marsh: If it makes you sad when you see or hear about people that are struggling or have food insecurity this is a great way to do something and help. We should all try to help.