30 Dec

Celebrate Life & Community!

Alexandra, Olivia and AriyanaCelebrating Ariyana’s 10th Birthday…
For the second year in a row, instead of having a regular birthday party, Ariyana Warner (right), young co-director of Project Blue Hands, wishes to use her birthday as a ‘love offering’ and opportunity to reach out to people-in-need living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. You are cordially invited to join us on the morning of Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at The Door is Open, and help us celebrate by sharing your loving-kindness.
Some of Ariyana’s friends and fellow classmates from her Grade 5 class will be sharing their culinary skills in making delicious and nutritious sandwiches to serve, and decorating bags with inspiring messages.
Volunteers are asked to arrive at The Door Is Open (255 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A5, Canada) at 9:30am to help with lunch preparation. Everyone is welcome to join us; however, for organization purposes, and to ensure the children experience a smooth and safe environment, kindly RSVP by emailing us at birthdays@projectbluehands.org.
This young girl is showing how having a spirit that uplifts is a true gift!! ♥ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARIYANA!!! ♥

26 Oct

When Somebody Cares (A Poem by Cowboy)

Cowboy performing during #GiveThanks! at Victory Square

Cowboy performing during PBH’s #GiveThanks! Event at Victory Square in DTES Vancouver on September 20, 2014

When Somebody Cares
Tho, you’ve met with great misfortunes,
And no doubt many times felt blue,
Tho, your plans for life got side tracked,
And your dreams didn’t prove true,
Tho, you’ve toiled, praying, struggling,
At the bottom of the stairs,
You will find it helps an awful lot,
When you know that somebody cares.
I know that this world isn’t all sunshine,
For many a days a dark cloud does disclose,
But there’s a cross for every one of us,
And for everyone there is a rose,
Yet the cross isn’t so grievous,
Nor, the thorn the rose bed wears,
And it really makes a difference,
When you know that somebody cares.
It will send a thrill of rapture,
Through the brave work of your heart,
And it will stir the inner being,
Til’ the teardrops want to start,
Yet this world is worth the living,
When in your sorrow someone does share,
And the clouds have silver linings,
When you know that somebody cares.
Written by Cowboy (August 5th, 2014)
View the #GiveThanks! Event Highlight Video and see Cowboy share his voice on the song “Give Thanks” with Mikuak Rai

14 Mar

“Share Your Love, Lend A Hand” Outreach Event – 5/19/2014

Circle of Love PBHSProject Blue Hands Society (PBHS) announces it’s 2nd outreach initiative, “Share Your Love, Lend A Hand“, taking place on the morning of Monday, May 19th, 2014, beginning at 9:30am, at The Door Is Open in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver.

Once again, we are bringing together children and parents to serve food to people in need in DTES. Here are few changes to note:

1) The Door Is Open has moved. Instead of being on Cordova Street, they are still in the same building, however their new entrance is on 255 DUNLEVY AVE, right across from Oppenheimer Park. This new location has a better layout, and is well organized for the children to serve the people, as well.

2) Since the children had a very smooth and uplifting experience in January, we are going to engage them in actually making the sandwiches this time (gloves and other utensils will be provided).

These are the only two changes!

Here’s a quick run- through for the children and parents:

1) Children will be supervised at all times. We’re looking for a 3:1 ratio of supervisors (3 children per 1 adult).

2) Children will be making the sandwiches, and decorating the lunch bags with uplifting words.

3) Children will be bagging & handing out lunches to the people that frequent The Door Is Open.

As some of you know, on January 3rd, 2014, we celebrated our daughter Ariyana’s 9th birthday as part of PBHS’ very first initiative. She invited her Grade 4 classmates to join her in this very unique and outstanding way to celebrate life by giving back to other lives who are in dire need of love. It is not a surprise to say that each and every adult/parent who attended that day experienced the magnitude of what happened in our/their own unique way. Witnessing the children as young as 6 years-old opening their hearts wide, and lovingly and curiously extending their arms to reach out in support of the impoverished, was by far the most precious gift of the season! (PLEASE VIEW THE VIDEO FROM OUR FIRST OUTREACH PROGRAM.)

‘Paying It Forward’ is the mentality/reality we aspire to ignite within the hearts of the children. PBHS would like to take this opportunity to share our immense gratitude to all the children and parents who continue to devote their time and donations toward this cause of ‘Paying It Forward.’ We are deeply inspired by the children, and want all of you to know that, together, we can co-create practical acts of Loving Kindness, continue to bring awareness of poverty in Vancouver, and exemplify just how each and everyone of us are able to actively create the sincere shift towards making a change for the better in our community. PBHS will continue to provide opportunities and organize events like this throughout the year, as ways to essentially empower youth through community service.

We sincerely appreciate the ongoing help and participation of our loving children. Your kind generosity in donating for the May 19th event is a tremendous help. We are humbly asking for a general contribution of $20 per child/person (or more if desired). These contributions will go towards purchasing all the groceries, lunch bags and juice boxes, etc., for feeding the homeless on this day.

Though this message is addressed mainly toward children, we encourage all of you in the Vancouver, BC area to participate in the opportunity to give back to our community! ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Also, please stay tuned for our Summer ‘Make-A-Change & Give Thanks’ Concert that we are planning for some time in August of 2014. We will have local musicians from Vancouver, and are hoping to have some of the children (whomever is interested and around for that portion of summer break) to also perform a song called ‘ Give Thanks’ (Mikuak Rai from Washington, D.C., also writer/producer of the song, will train and prepare them) for the concert. We will be serving the sandwiches outdoors at Oppenheimer Park across from The Door Is Open for this particular event. More news to follow in the coming months!!

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

02 Dec

Celebrating by Serving Others

Ariyana and Isaiah, Founding Members of PBHSAriyana Isabel, young director of Project Blue Hands Society, turns 9 on Dec 16th 2013! For her birthday this year, she has decided to hold a special Love Offering event in lieu of the usual fun/play birthday party.

Some of her friends and fellow classmates in her Grade 4 class will be sharing their culinary skills in making delicious and nutritious sandwiches to serve the people at The Door is Open, located in the heart of East Vancouver at 373 East Cordova Street.

Everyone is welcome to join us; however, for organization purposes, and to ensure the children experience a smooth and safe environment, kindly RSVP by emailing us at info@projectbluehands.org.

This is a unique and blessed way to celebrate her 9th birthday; so, we are very grateful to all those who choose to help ensure that her day is shared with much love and with many helping hands! The total number of children will be announced soon; and, PBHS is looking to have a 1:3 ratio with adult supervision for these very giving and big-hearted children!

**We are also accepting donations to help cover the cost of food items and other materials. Please email us at donations@projectbluehands.org to coordinate your contributions.

Children Are Our Future!! May Ariyana’s birthday celebration inspire more and more children to continue this art of giving!!