SFYAD Winter Clothing Drive Turns 5! 舊金山青年寒冬送暖募冬衣

In order to aid low-income and families in need receive necessary clothing for the winter season, SFYAD hosted its annual Winter Clothing Drive at the end of the year, where devotees donated their new or mildly-used clothing. Under the guidance of the president of SFYAD, Selene Chew, and the event organizer, Benson Kwek, 26 volunteers and friends came to San Bao Temple on 28th December to support the event by helping SFYAD to sort the clothing. After sorting, the clothing was delivered to St Anthony’s Foundation.

St Anthony’s Foundation is a charity organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Free Clothing Project collects lightly used clothes from the society, sort the clothing, and open for those in need to choose their clothing from a store-like environment, emulating the shopping experience. The winter clothing drive is in its fifth year and has received warm responses from the devotees and residents. SFYAD has collected over 1500 pieces of clothing, including coats, jackets, scarves, hats, socks, pants, and blanket in 75 large bags.

Not only do the participants realized that a piece of clothing, while viewed as "trash" to one could be a treasure for another person, at the same time learned more about "giving" - giving confidence, joy, hope, and convenience. Venerable Miao Zhong, in her closing speech, encouraged everyone to do their best to bring about positive changes to society, and that giving and receiving are the same.

舊金山佛光青年分團在歲末舉辦年度「愛心冬衣募捐活動」,向大眾募集新或輕度使用的衣物,並由青年團團長Selene Chew和召集人Benson Kwek的帶領下, 於12月28日,26位青年義工及家人到道場幫忙整理冬衣,捐贈到聖安東尼基金會(St Anthony Foundation),讓低收入家庭能夠獲得所需衣物過冬。


聖安東尼基金會是舊金山灣區的慈善組織,其中衣服再生的項目會向社會征集輕度使用的衣物,將其進行篩選、整理、排列,向有需要的家庭和個人開放,為其提供在商店購物的體驗,免費挑選自己有興趣的衣物。此項活動舊金山佛光青年分團連續已進行第五年了,此次冬衣募捐獲得信眾與鄰居的熱烈回應,募集到的禦寒衣物超過1500件共75大袋,包括大衣、毛衣、圍巾、帽子、襪子、褲子以及毯子等。


今年因有很多青年第一次參與此項活動,因此召集人Benson在整理衣物之前先以「四給」跟大家講解聖安東尼基金會項目的初衷。讓大家不僅體會到不合適自己的一件衣服可能會成爲對方的一件寶物;自己的一點付出,可能會帶給別人溫暖。身爲社區的一份子,我們應當盡己所能為其帶來正面的改變,施與受是平等不二的。

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