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Christmas Gathering 2019

To Share is To Gain

 

Before wrapping up 2019 and starting a new chapter in 2020, Project Art Plus Group held our yearly event, Christmas Gathering. One year passed by swiftly, but within that time, we had learned and achieved a lot. In this gathering, like feeding two birds with one scone, we wanted to express our gratitude for the whole year while celebrating Christmas.

 

December 18, 2019

And finally, the day came!

We had done Christmas Gathering several times, but 2019 left a special impression compared to the previous years.

 

Well, there was no significant difference in the sequence of events. It started with a Christmas service, followed by dining and gathering with the crew, guests and vendors. We could not miss throwing several games to lighten the atmosphere. Laughter filled the room, coming from those playing games or chit-chatting. We were very grateful to gather in good health with all the crew, vendors, and guests.

But, hey, what made the 2019 Christmas Gathering so special then?

 

Christmas Gathering was not complete without gift exchanges. Usually, the attending participants would bring out their best gifts, which also brought out the receivers' biggest smiles. This time, the gifts brought had to be 5 kg of rice and 1 liter of cooking oil. Yup, you were not mistaken. Everyone had to bring the same gift to join the Christmas gathering. Why?

 

You know, we were truly blessed because we could give and receive joy-sparking gifts each year. Like a stream of water that fell from above, we didn't want that flow of blessing to stop on us. Sharing the same spirit, we wanted it to continue and reach those who need it. That's why we settled on giving 5 kg of rice and 1 liter of cooking oil, which would be distributed to those in need the following day. Being able to give to those in need, even in simplicity, brought fresh air to the celebration.

 

December 19, 2019

The rice and oil we collected were distributed to 130 families whose names we received when conducting a site survey.

 

We walked through each house and gave it to each head of the family. We also brought some snacks to share with the children who were there. After all the groceries were distributed, we did not immediately leave the place. We took the time to take pictures together while exchanging jokes once in a while. It certainly was an unforgettable experience!

 

It is fascinating that the more we share, the more we do not feel lacking. Instead, we feel more and more fulfilled. Sharing stories, laughter, and blessings makes the heart happier, full of gratitude, and full of new hope. We can barely wait for the next Christmas gathering, and we bet you do too, don't you?

 

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"The Greatest Gift of All 2019"

Project Art Plus Charity Christmas Gathering

December 18, 2019.