A record-breaking number of volunteers took time to take part in the Israeli initiative known as Good Deeds Day.  Some 900,000 people from across the globe devoted millions of hours of volunteering in a single day to help clean up nature reserves and beaches, run activities for special needs communities, spruce up neighborhoods, distribute food to the needy and partake in other positive projects.

The ninth annual Good Deeds Day, a project encouraging people to volunteer and give back to the community, took place on March 15 around the world and on March 24 in Israel.

“I believe that if people will think good, speak good and do good, the circles of goodness will grow in the world. Good Deeds Day has become the leading day of giving and this year individuals, school children, students, soldiers and employees from many businesses are joining in for the annual Good Deeds Day with the aim of doing a good deed for others,” said Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, who devised the idea for Good Deeds Day.

“Good Deeds Day is an annual celebration of good deeds. All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world,” reads the mission statement.

This year’s activities in Israel kicked off in Beersheva with an event that saw some 300 students gather in the Gimmel neighborhood to spruce up the main street, plant community gardens and paint.

There were over 10,000 projects organized for today’s event in Israel.

Some 50 countries took part in the global day initiative last week.