Give A Chinese New Year Gift…and a Smile!
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, begins on January 31st this year and welcomes in the Year of the Horse.
Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. (Wikipedia)
With the holiday’s emphasis on families, this is a difficult time for orphaned children without families of their own to celebrate with. LWB’s Foster Care Program would like to provide small gifts of sweets and red envelopes to the over 200 children in our program to let them know that they are remembered and valued at this special time of year. There is a suggested donation of $15, but we will greatly appreciate your donation in any amount.
Yasmin and Lauren look very happy with their Chinese New Year gifts received last year. Please join us in giving a New Year’s gift and a smile to an orphaned child again this year. Thank you for caring about these children and making their New Year one to remember!
Luke enjoying his Chinese New Year’s treats last year