Members of the International Buddhist Progress Society of New York Girl Scouts recently came to the Home on a Sunday afternoon as part of their “recycling and respect” service project.
For the project, the girls asked for unwanted fabric from cloth manufacturers in Manhattan’s Garment District and then used the material to make blankets for the elderly. They presented the blankets to the Residents during an entertainment in the auditorium.
At the beginning of the presentation, their “recycling and respect” project was explained via a power point presentation. By asking for material that normally would not have been used, the girls learned the importance of not wasting things. By using the material to make blankets for the elderly, they learned about showing respect and consideration for others.
As music played the girls then came from back stage to give each Resident a blanket. The blankets, made of a variety of colors and patterns, were placed on the Residents’ laps. The girls then put on a show that they had been practicing for several months. The performance included a traditional Chinese fan dance and a Taiwanese Mountain Dance, as well as skillful routines of Chinese yo-yo and Chinese Kung Fu. The girls also tap danced and played a variety of musical instruments.
The Residents enjoyed the dances and were amazed by the talents shared by the girls. Most of all they were touched to receive their new blankets!