December 16 / 12:30 PM - December 16 / 4:00 PM
Please come celebrate our kids!
At the time of Winter Solstice, we celebrate Children's Day to honor our children and to bring warmth, light and cheerfulness into the dark time of the year. Our sangha is our village, our clan, our family. Our children belong to all of us, and are bright reminders of the future of the teachings on love, compassion, joy and light that we cherish as Shambhalians. Children's Day provides a special opportunity to express appreciation for and with our children through a ceremony specific for them.
We will be having the traditional Children's Day ceremony, replete with storytelling, and the blessing of the gifts to be donated to children less fortunate.
All are welcome and invited to attend - (whether you have children or not, and whether they attend bodhi school or not.)
1. Our celebration will include a potluck.
2. Please consider bringing a dish to share as every little bit helps create a diverse, community-inspired meal. A quick e-mail to me, firstname.lastname@example.org, with an idea of what you can bring will help with planning the potluck. However, last minute contributions are always welcome!
- Generosity - Traditionally, we demonstrate our generosity by offering gifts to those children from families in need. As we did last year, we will donate
gifts to The Samaritan Group for distribution to families they have identified as being in need.
If you are a parent, and you and your child would like to select a gift for another child of the same age, that would be wonderful. The gift may be a toy or new clothing. *Please do not wrap the gift.*
Also, there is always a need for gift cards, particularly for children between the ages of 9 and 16. One recommendation is Target since there is a Target store at Mondawmin Mall.
- **Please bring the gift with you to the Children's Day ceremony, which begins at 12:30 PM on Sunday, December 16. If you would like to donate a gift card, but cannot make it to the Center, kindly leave the gift card in the drawer at the Center which is designated for Societal Health & Well Being.