Giving up Aria's 1st Birthday Celebration for a noble Cause
Organized by: Asmita vaghani
Our little girl, Aria, will turn one year old on September 7. She is a true blessing and the love of our lives. And so we would like to invite you to share this occasion with us—but not in the usual way. Let me explain….
Before Aria was born…
Three years ago, in 2012, when Ravi and I first decided to start a family, I dreamed about becoming a mother, about my baby’s first birthday, and about the huge party we would throw for all our friends and family. However, as you know, life doesn’t always give us what we want when we want it. By 2013 I had still not conceived.
The trip that changed our lives…
That year, Ravi and I went to visit family in India. Ravi’s father belongs to Rotary International, which partners with many local organizations to solve some of our communities’ toughest problems. The local Rotary club to which Ravi’s father belongs supports the Mother Teresa Ashram in Rajkot, Gujarat. Ravi’s father took us on a tour of this Ashram to show us what his club was doing to help.
When we arrived, we saw many children studying on the floor. There was little light and no AC. It was very, very hot. Besides the children, we also saw many adults. Most of them were elderly and disabled, either physically or mentally. Some of them had been betrayed by their own families and had nowhere to live until the Ashram took them in. Ravi and I had never been to such a place before. We were stunned. It made us think about how much we had, and how we had taken it all for granted. That night I couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking about all the people I had seen.
"Some people come into our life as blessings. Others come into our life as lessons"
The next morning, I took all the candy I had brought from the USA for our family—two big bags of chocolates—and told Ravi I wanted to go back to the Ashram and give it to the people there, along with a donation.
When we arrived, all the children were so excited! They started to eat the candy right away except for one little girl who put hers in her backpack. I asked her, “Don’t you want to eat your candy now? You can have more later.” She told me, “Today is my birthday, and I want to celebrate it by sharing the candy with my family.”
Ravi and I were speechless! This little girl was not looking for a grand party and lots of presents. She had probably never even been to such a party! Instead, she chose to celebrate by sharing her candy and the happiness it brought her with the rest of her family. I was deeply touched.
"The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small"
On the drive home, I told Ravi that when we had our first child, I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a huge party. Instead, I wanted to share what we had with these children, just as the little girl had shared with her family. A year later, my dream came true and Aria was born. On September 7, we will celebrate her first birthday. And as I promised myself two years ago, we will celebrate it by sharing our love and good fortune with the children and elderly of the Mother Teresa Ashram. We would like you to celebrate with us, too.
"It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving"
That is why we are asking you to donate the money you would spend on a gift for Aria to the children and elderly at the Ashram instead. Our daughter lacks for nothing, while these children and disabled adults lack for everything. As our gift to Aria, Ravi and I will match up to $2,000 of the amount given to celebrate our little girl’s birthday. At the end of the year, Ravi and I will travel to India with Aria to personally deliver the gift to our “family” at the Ashram. We are so happy our dream came true, and that we have a happy, healthy, beautiful daughter. Now we want to share our happiness so others’ dreams can come true as well. We hope you will join us in celebrating Aria’s first birthday in this very special way.
With much love and thankfulness in our hearts,
Asmita, Ravi and Aria