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Mormon designer interprets Jewish tzedakah box

Receptacle for donations gets 21st-century makeover

Published: Tuesday, June 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: Doug Burnett, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, learned the power of giving from his parents early in his life. Burnett recently took that testimony to a contest for artists to inspire giving by the Jewish World Service, a humanitarian organization. His redesigned tzedakah box won the challenge.

Doug Burnett learned the power of vision and charity as a teenager when his parents gave glasses to a friend who couldn't afford a pair. So when the American Jewish World Service staged a contest for artists to inspire giving, Burnett eagerly accepted the challenge.

The Chicago art director imagined a 21st-century version of the tzedakah box, the receptacle traditionally used in synagogues to collect donations for the needy.

But Burnett's concept has become more than a vessel for alms. His endeavor highlights the common ground of two different faiths. While tzedakah is a Jewish tradition, Burnett is Mormon.

Read more about Jewish tzedakah box on Chicago Tribune.

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