We make a living with what we get but we make a life with what we give: Winston Churchill
Food for Life Vrindavan organized the very awaited New Year Gift Festival on the 2nd of February 2016. Year after year thousands of kids receive gifts that we buy with the contribution of people from all around the world. This is amazing to see how enthusiastically people donate for this every year, and how eagerly the children wait for it. The cost of a gift pack is $6, which may not be a great amount for many, however;
Its not how much we give but how much love we put into giving: Mother Teresa
This program is a symbol of love and care from the donors. They care to make the year special for those that have been forgotten by the society, to say the least.
On the first day of this three-day program the festival started at our school where the students received their gift bags. Our long-term supporter, friend and trustee from UK, Mr. Ravin Ganatra was present at the opening of the Gift Festiival. He made a speech prior to the start of the distribution where he thanked the students and encouraged them to continue to study. Mr Ganatra is a UK actor and is FFLV UK’s Director.
A Yoga Group from USA, led by Gopi Kinnicutt, also participated in the distribution program. Our volunteers from Italy, who were visiting along with FFLV’s long-term friend Adi Vickers, also helped greatly and participated enthusiastically in the program.
The second and third day of the Gift Festival was celebrated at Local Village Schools in the surrounding areas of Vrindavan. Mr. Avdesh (Owner of Gangotri Garments, Vrindavan), came along with his wife for the distribution.
The faces of the children lit up as they saw the gift vans approaching and received the gift packs with great joy and gratitude.
We thank you all who contributed to this program. For this three-day festival, a total of $24,927 was raised and 5800 gift packs were distributed that contained:
School bags, Carrier Bags, Pencils, Sharpener, Eraser, Woolen Cap, Toothpaste and Toothbrush, Bouncing ball, Cartoon Stickers, Soap, Candy, Biscuits, Chocolates, Peanuts, Pictures, Misc. Toys.