Twin sisters Asher and Aliyah Newberry, 13, of Smithsburg, Maryland, smile for a photo during their B’not Mitzvah on May 17. They donated 25 percent of their gifts — $2,200 – to IMA World Health. (Submitted)

Smithsburg twins donate to IMA again

  • Oct 11, 2014

IMA World Health/Kara Eberle


here are many ways to donate to IMA World Health’s efforts.

Some donors send money through the mail. Others use our website.

Asher and Aliyah Newberry chose to hand deliver their donation in person at our office in New Windsor, Maryland.

The twin 13-year-old girls celebrated their B’not Mitzvah in May at Congregation B’nai Abraham in Hagerstown, Maryland. And they decided to donate 25 percent of their gifts — a total of $2,200 —  to IMA.

In case the phrase isn’t familiar to you, B’not Mitzvah means “Daughters of the Commandment” and is a Jewish rite of passage in which children begin their adult lives in the congregation. B’not Mitzvah is a Bat Mitzvah for more than one girl.

It is a cornerstone of Judaism to give Tzedakah (which means charity) throughout life, but it is especially important to honor life cycle events with the giving of the Tzedakah, said their mom, Laura Wilson.

The donation the girls delivered at the end of September was a pleasant surprise for IMA staff. But it wasn’t the first time their generosity benefitted the organization.

In 2010, the identical twins wanted to do something to help people affected by the earthquakes that devastated Haiti.

“I don’t know why, but it hit them really hard,” Wilson said.

The then-fourth-graders collaborated and came up with “Hot Dogs for Haiti,” a fundraiser to help earthquake victims. Through the event, they collected $75.61 and donated it to IMA.

The family chose IMA to receive their proceeds then because it’s an “excellent organization,” Wilson said.

And when the time came to give again, they knew where they wanted the money to go.

“We have a lot of faith in IMA World Health,” Wilson said.

Through IMA’s programs, a donation of more than $2,000 can have a major impact for those in need. Thanks to their kindness, children can receive vaccines, families will receive malaria nets, crumbling health facilities can be rebuilt to provide primary health care services and mothers can receive Safe Motherhood Kits™.

The girls have their sights set on traveling abroad to do mission work someday, something Wilson said will likely have to wait until they’re a little older.

In the meantime, they have plans for more fundraisers locally and nationally.

“They have a lot of energy,” Wilson said. “And they are able to channel it.”

We want to ensure you are able to give in the way you feel most comfortable. You can donate online. To give by phone, call us at 202-888-6200. To give by mail or fax, print out a donation form and complete the information. Then fax it to 1-410-635-8726 or mail it to: IMA World Health, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036.