Ashland Zen Center will create and distribute care packages in beautiful bags for women, men, and children. Something special, full of things that are necessary for immediate comfort and that are nurturing and full of heartfelt warmth and concern.
You may offer money to create care packages. A deep bow to the donor who gave $500 to kick off this fund! (9/15/20)
You may offer supplies to preate care packages. Read on for a guide for suggested items. Children especially are in need. Items should be new or like-new.
Small Journals with a nice pens
New blankets suitable for man, woman, or child
Child’s small stuffed toys
Small child’s art supply kits
Hygiene items that you would gift a friend
Small plastic containers suitable for filling with bulk hand sanitizer
Socks (wool is a real treat)
Nutritious meal bars
Small Kleenex packages
1. We invite you to contribute money or items from the Care Package contents list and bring it to the Ashland Zen Center, 740 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland. The barn will be our staging area for assembling these gift bags. If you need to do a contactless COVID-safe dropoff, you may leave your donation on the front porch of the zendo house.
2. We invite our sangha sewing brigade to step up again and create cloth bags that will hold the contents!! (Design, pattern and fabric provided)
3. We invite our youngest members (kids) to fold origami hearts or butterflies to attach to a card included with each bag. These cards will include an uplifting sentiment and invite people to walk through our grounds or visit the memorial garden for some meditative, healing refuge.
This is an incredibly difficult time. Many have lost their homes, many more have been displaced, and the entire valley is choking on hazardous air. We hope that all of you are finding strength in connection, taking refuge in the inherent goodness of people and finding joy in the small gifts. A bite of good food; a smile; a wagging tail.
Suzuki Roshi encouraged us to shine one corner of the world. He said that is enough – not the whole world, just where we are.
We look forward to creating something wonderful with our many hands and reaching into our devastated communities with a warm hand.