Yoga Phoenix and Caring Coalition have once again teamed up to host a concert at the end of April to raise funds for the children at Emerson Elementary School who suffer from food insecurity (the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food).
The staff at Yoga Phoenix recently talked to the founder of Caring Coalitions, Sat Kaur Khalsa, to learn more about the mission of Caring Coalition:
What inspired you to begin this mission?
I have lived near Emerson School for the past 26 years. Over time I have had the opportunity to observe the children on their way to school in the morning. I witnessed a steady decline in these children’s appearance. They did not look as healthy, well-groomed and happy as they had in the past. I noticed it, but did not know how to even begin to help. When I heard about the backpack food program in Espanola, New Mexico, I thought this is one small way I can help to better the lives of these children.
How much did the concert raise last year?
How many children are Caring Coalition serving right now?
51 altogether. 26 of these kids are high –needs kids, meaning they need food every week, based on their teachers’ observations. Some of these children are special needs children being raised by a single parent; some of them are homeless; others are from families that are struggling with the usual challenges of finding work, caring for children and finding adequate housing. The other 25 care packages we provide are rotated among the families that are struggling intermittently. These food packages give them a little extra support and the knowledge that someone out there cares about them.
What is your goal for this concert?
We would like to raise funds again of course, but our emphasis is on raising awareness, spirit and creating what is needed in the realm of prayer. I truly believe that this is how the funds will come to us.
The truth is, hunger is a real issue in our society. We may not see it with our own eyes all the time, but it is real.
It is also a truth, that we are all capable of being a caring, loving, kind and helpful, angelic being. Let’s all be that angel in these children’s lives! Please attend the concert if you can, all the funds from the concert will be used to feed the hungry children. Many of these musicians performed in last year’s concert, and it was a spectacular performance! This year’s concert will be just as wonderful!
If you are unable to attend the concert and would like to help in some other ways, please visit Caring Coalition’s website to learn more or make a contribution.
Thank you and see you at the concert!
Awakening the Goddess – A Benefit Concert for Central Phoenix Children
Saturday, April 30, 2016
At Yoga Phoenix
2308 N Richland St, Phoenix AZ, 85006
$20 advanced/$25 at the door
Click here to sign-up for the concert
“Live like a God, give like an angel, be a bright, beautiful, bountiful human being.” – Yogi Bhajan
“Seva, a service of giving without thinking of result, is a very simple thing. It makes you a leader whether you are or not—whether you deserve to be or not. And it brings you opportunities, prosperities, and all the goods, and God, and goodies of the Universe.” – Yogi Bhajan
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”- Albert Schweitzer
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” – Saint Augustine