Article by XIANEASE
As we rapidly approach the end of 2019, the holiday season is upon us. For many the holidays are a time of excess wherein most of us eat a little too much, drink a little too much, and generally lavish our families, our close friends, and ourselves with gifts, love, and affection.
However, this season is also one in which we might stop to consider those who are less fortunate than we are, those to whom fate has been less than kind. That is why we here at xianease have decided to raise money for a few of our favorite charities during our annual Christmas party, as we have done in years past.
As such, we would like to introduce these charities to you, to let you how the donations that you make will benefit those in need.
The Yellow River Soup Kitchen
The Yellow River Soup Kitchen is a not for profit NGO. A secular organisation that is open to everybody, it is wholly run by volunteers for volunteers and as such has no overheads of any description. Our objective is to organise or source a variety of projects, with the aim of bringing together two specific groups of people; namely those with a desire to serve and those that are in need. The simplest of acts can spread far and wide touching many people in the process. A kind action carried out from the heart, whether it be simply a smile or be it helping somebody in desperate need, can be a very powerful experience for all that encounter it.
As such, the Yellow River Soup Kitchen has engaged in various projects to meet these ends, including providing warm meals three times a week to those who can come to the soup kitchen, delivering meals to those who can’t, and clothing distribution to those in need, including the distribution of winter coats, blankets, and long johns during the colder months. All donations to the Yellow River Soup Kitchen go towards continuing these and other projects.
Since 2005, the Yellow River Soup Kitchen has conducted 2,215 of these projects, served 164,000 meals, and helped untold numbers of people with their efforts and the help of over 13,000 volunteers.
The Star Sunshine Home for Disabled People
The Xi’an Lianhu District Star Sunshine Home for Disabled People is a private non-profit enterprise, which was established in April 2010. It is a center where a group of ethnic minorities provide rehabilitation training and skills for people with disabilities. Star Sunshine provides many types of training, including music, dance, yoga, fine arts and other artistic training; training in producing hand-crafted goods; auxiliary employment; as well as providing round-the-clock care as the main body of a comprehensive home. The home has been in operation since 2009 and continues to strive to provide high-quality training and care to those in need.
Xian Paws is an organisation run by a group of Chinese and Expatriate volunteers for the betterment of animals. Xi’an Paws has no shelter, but we work hard to rescue animals, some of them in dangerous situations. We try to find homes for them or temporal shelters. Donations support the medical bills, food, and rehousing (both locally and abroad) of our rescues. Since we do not have the overheads of operating a shelter, all of the money generated or received goes directly to the support of our rescues. We would appreciate any donations to help save the lives of animals this winter.
It is our hope that you will be able to join us in support of these great charities. A portion of each ticket purchased will be going directly to these charities. In addition, we plan to have two separate additional fundraising opportunities that will occur during the event. First, we will hold a raffle for prizes. Second, we will be host a reverse auction for a select number of items. Raffle tickets will be on sale for 50RMB at the event. We look forward to seeing you there!