288 Blessing Bags for NYC

AYUDH NY/NJ kicked off the new year with our AYUDH Serve and AYUDH Connect initiative, distributing approximately 288 blessing bags to the men and women who were present at Mother’s Kitchen in New York. Members of AYUDH NY/NJ gathered on January 1st to ring in the new year with a wonderful satsang in New Jersey. The satsang members and friends helped raise over three hundred dollars to put together blessing bags containing socks, granola bars, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, cough drops, and band-aids to hand out to visitors at Mother’s Kitchen on January 7th.

288 Blessing Bags for NYC

AYUDH NY/NJ kicked off the new year with our AYUDH Serve and AYUDH Connect initiative, distributing approximately 288 blessing bags to the men and women who were present at Mother’s Kitchen in New York. Members of AYUDH NY/NJ gathered on January 1st to ring in the new year with a wonderful satsang in New Jersey. The satsang members and friends helped raise over three hundred dollars to put together blessing bags containing socks, granola bars, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, cough drops, and band-aids to hand out to visitors at Mother’s Kitchen on January 7th.

There we worked alongside a diverse group of volunteers. Everyone really enjoyed themselves as we assisted in set up and food prep while we exchanged stories of our experiences and our cultural roots. The volunteers came from all different walks of life and it surprised us to find out that quite a few of them faced challenges like those facing the guests we were hosting.
Several of them have actually grappled with homelessness first-hand and decided that they wanted to play a part in helping others now dealing with the same problem. It was heartwarming to see them carry on with cheerful optimism and compassion as we began seating and serving the visitors.

At this point, members of AYUDH NY/NJ made the rounds distributing the blessing bags we made and trading smiles with the guests. It was inspiring to make acquaintance with their pleasant personalities. They all shared the same glow of optimism as that we observed in the devotees we spoke with earlier. Each one made their appreciation clear as they happily accepted their gifts and food and made their way out. At the end of it all we collaborated in the clean-up effort as we left behind a frosty evening at Ascension Church with a renewed sense of community and stronger family ties.