By Bulgaria News Group (Originally in Bulgarian)
In December 2012 Supreme Master Ching Hai lovingly provided EUR 1,000 in relief funds and asked our Association members in Bulgaria to help homeless and needy individuals in their area stay warm during the frigid weather.
After receiving the funds, a relief team comprised of our Association members contacted Ms. Lateva, who manages the Crisis Center of the Home for Temporary Accommodation, which serves those lacking families, jobs and friends to call on. The Crisis Center is located in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia.
Then with Ms. Lateva’s kind assistance, our team produced a shopping list that included T-shirts, warm jackets and trousers to help shelter residents cope with the freezing winter temperatures. In addition, fruit and vegan chocolates were purchased to bring the people added warmth and a sense of love and care.
On December 15, 2012, the Crisis Center’s 70 residents were treated to a loving surprise upon receiving the clothing and gifts. Filled with happiness, the residents invited Supreme Master Ching Hai to be their honored guest so that they could personally thank Her. The people’s sincerity, warmth and dignity despite their trying circumstances touched the hearts of our relief team members, who were grateful for the chance to serve others through Supreme Master Ching Hai’s compassion and generosity.
Master’s loving assistance also allowed our team to make a gift of EUR 400 to the Four-Legged Friends animal shelter.* Based in the village of Oreshak, the facility is home to horses, donkeys, goats, cats and dogs whose former lives of abuse and neglect were overcome by the shelter’s nurturing care. The shelter also provides a special place for children in its activities, teaching them compassion and mercy through lessons about the misfortunes of the animals and by allowing them to befriend and care for the residents. The following thank-you note from Vera Trendafilova and Victor Karolev of Four-Legged Friends expresses the group’s deep appreciation:
“There are no words to thank your organization and especially Supreme Master Ching Hai! In 2009, your organization saved us during a very difficult time. Now it also appears in an extremely difficult time. We have no stocks for the winter, except some straw and hay. Every opportunity to buy food is priceless. A huge thanks to the Association and in particular Supreme Master Ching Hai with infinite love and respect! God bless you!”
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai for Cold Weather
Relief Work in Bulgaria
|Food (fruit and chocolates) and supplies (jackets, underwear, sport trousers, socks and T-shirts)||1,149||A-E|
|Cash contribution to Four-Legged Friends animal shelter and other expenses||807|
|Total||BGN 1,956 (US$1,318)|
*In 2009, touched by Vera Trendafilova’s and Victor Karolev’s, pure, kind hearts, Supreme Master Ching Hai also contributed US$5,000 to assist them in caring for their rescued animal companions.