As Christmas approaches, it is so wonderful to realize how many blessings we have received, and how wonderful it is to be able to experience the riches that Malaysia and the rest of Asia have to offer. The Christmas Bazaar on 7 November was fantastic, wasn’t it? Claire and I want to thank Lovie and Mary for organizing such a wonderful event. Thanks also goes to Merrie Braden for helping with the Christmas ornaments for our Giving Tree! What an excellent turnout of charities we had! Twenty-one charities came and sold their products for their women, men, and children.
RM29,677 was made by the charity groups! THANK YOU for being part of the solution for so many, and for realizing that a big part of AAM is our charitable giving back to our host country. Wow! One charity made enough for four women to set up businesses, freeing them from abuse. Additional funds were raised by our jambalaya, baked goods and white elephant sales, not to mention the entrance donations. Our quilting group has gotten in on the action too and is raffling off a quilt in December with the proceeds to benefit our charities. Thank you to them for their fundraising efforts! Maybe next year, our other activity groups will participate too! For those who were out of town and missed the event, I hope you will come to one of the AAM’s activities between now and Christmas to be a part of our community of giving.
So what is AAM doing for Christmas? We have a GIVING TREE! There are three charities that we will sponsor this year - Lighthouse Children’s Home, Montfort Boys Home and Open Hands. All three have children and teens who would not receive presents this Christmas were it not for donations from associations like ours. To that end, we are selling ornaments, color coded to represent each charity, for only RM50 per ornament, or the equivalent to US$17. You may donate to your favorite of the three or all of them, depending on your desires. Below is a description of each charity. The Giving Tree will be in the Villa and there will be a traveling tree that will go to the High Tea at the Majestic Hotel. Ornaments will be for sale through 10 December. Claire and I will collect the donations and distribute them to each charity before Christmas so that the homes can purchase gifts for the kids.
- Lighthouse Children’s Home: Lighthouse offers a home to disadvantaged boys and girls. They are located in KL, and serve children that range from two years through teens. This home is run by a couple who opened their home to disadvantaged, children and has been in operation since 2005. They serve over 40 children, and receive no governmental resources.
- Montfort Boys Home: Montfort is in Shah Alam and serves 350 youths by providing residence, training and self development. They admit those who are orphaned, from poor single families, dysfunctional families and minority ethnic groups.
- Open Hands: Open Hands is a home for displaced orphan children. Located just outside of KL, this home serves children ranging from ages 10-17, and at present, has approximately 16 girls. We have several members who currently volunteer at this home, and it is a new addition to our charities.
As you prepare for Christmas, remember those who don’t have the abundance that we have . Thanks for all you do!
Community Service Director