By USA News Group (Originally in English)
On December 16, 2012, following Supreme Master Ching Hai’s heartfelt request to help those in need stay warm, with funding available for reimbursement, our Association members from Virginia and Maryland distributed 100 gift bags to less fortunate individuals in the Washington, D.C. area.
The gift bags were filled with basic winter items including warm blankets, clothes, socks, gloves and hats. Fruit, bottled water, and vegan snacks were also added to help convey to the recipients a wish for a blessed Christmas. The delicious plant-based spring rolls and vegan “ham” sandwiches were prepared by the local Loving Hut. Supplies were purchased with US$2,543 contributed by our Association members.
The recipients, some of whom were in wheelchairs, gratefully received the gift bags and vegan food. Our Association members were thankful for the opportunity to serve those in need, whose smiles were the highlight of the day as God’s warmth and blessings were felt by all present in the holiday spirit.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for Cold Weather Relief Work in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, USA
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Throughout the relief operation, the team members paid for their own transportation, food and accommodation.