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Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Charity for Burbank Temporary Aid Center


Compassion is a core value of Chinese martial arts. Every single Kung Fu class begins and ends with the student bowing – as they enter the training area, when the instructor ends the class, and again as they leave. The bow is a gesture of respect, comprised of two symbolic elements:

closed fist represents strength

open hand represents compassion

The holidays are an ideal time to share a little bit of what we have with those who have very little. For the week, The Giving Jar will be here at our martial arts school. So far, we have raised about $66.00 in 5 days. 

It is especially important that we teach children the importance of charity. Many of them will receive dozens of gifts this season from friends and family, not realizing that some kids – maybe even some of their own friends at school – are so much less fortunate than they are. 

Our goal is to raise at least $100. If we meet our goal, we will be able to provide two things to the poor in our Burbank community, via donation to Burbank Temporary Aid Center:
  • A gift for a teenage girl whose parents can't afford to buy her one.
  • Pantry supplies for the BTAC center. We recently read that the center is low on supplies in a Burbank Leader article.
Our Kung Fu kids will have the opportunity to go shopping with Instructors for the pantry supplies at our local Albertsons market. They will be given budgets and shopping lists and challenged to make all of their purchases with just the donations from The Giving Jar.

Thank you to all who have donated, and Happy Holidays!