AMAA will host a Collection Drive this year to benefit SafeHomes Domestic Violence Center, in conjunction with our Christmas Program on December 7th. We will be collecting items based on their current needs, which include baby hygiene products, cleaning supplies, laundry baskets and kitchen utensils (all new). We will deliver them in person to the SafeHomes staff before Christmas.
AMAA adult and youth volunteers joined the staff of the Master’s Table Soup Kitchen on Saturday, the 9th of November, and extended their helping hands to cook and serve lunch for nearly 300 people. Several youth and adult volunteers participated in the event. As in the past, we also donated $150 to the Soup Kitchen.
As part of our effort to help those critically affected by the disastrous landslides and flood in Kerala this year, we have purchased beds and mattresses for 16 families in the Wayanad area who have been devastated by the flood and landslides. We also provided school uniforms, books and tuition for children from four different families that were also victimized by the disaster. Sonny Alapatt, who was visiting Kerala last month, personally took the time and effort to purchase the items at bargain prices, and helped deliver them to each family. We were able to manage everything for about $2,000, staying within our budget.
Sujay Kamalasanan led the effort to reschedule and execute the Car Wash project on the 2nd of November, 10 am – 4 pm. The other youth participants included Aakil Bodian, Austin Joshua, Sunay Kamalasanan, Kaavya Menon, Adi Pillai, Katelin Surrao, Jaden Samuel, Joshua Samuel, Reyna Samuel and Nidhi Shenoy. Our youth did a remarkable job, and the event turned out to be a great success, raising $600 for our charity activities. Special thanks to Shaji and Sonali Kamalasanan for their unrelenting and persuasive skills that led to many passersby taking part in the event.
As presented by Tency Alapatt at the Onam Program, we identified a Government LP School in an impoverished tribal area near Kalpetta (GLPS Vrindavan) with 18 students, all of whom had to walk long ways to come to school. We bought bicycles for all of them and delivered them right before Onam. Our own Suraj Sukumaran was present at the occasion, and, as he stated, it was truly a precious and eye-opening experience. The cost of the project was $956, and the benefit was truly amazing. The funds for this project came from the General Charity Contributions of $1,440 at the Onam function.