Karam, Jovan, and Bhavleen are once again working for a cause.
On Sunday, the local triplets will be raising money for Ray of Hope Children’s Services by selling hot cocoa and cookies – a $1 each – at Woodward Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We had a successful sale last year and the experience was amazing for our family and all of our friends who joined us,” said Francesca Sahota, who is the mother of the three children (now 7 years old).
Supporting the cause included their teachers, dignitaries such as Mayor Gary Singh and his family, and the Manteca Fire Department.
Karam, Jovan, and Bhavleen managed to raise over $1,000 in donations and are hoping to do the same, if not more, at this weekend’s fundraiser.
The hot cocoa and cookies booth will be located at corner of the park at East Woodward Avenue and Bridwell Avenue.
According to Sahota, her children were instilled with the “selfless service without any reward or personal gain” – as a Sikh family, she noted that this one of most important components of Sikhism or Seva – at a young age.
“For our family, the holiday season is especially a time of family togetherness and the spirit of giving, whether you are giving in the literal sense or an act of kindness,” the mother added.
She and her husband Gurwinder explained to the triplets one evening that many people, including children and teens in their own community, go without a warm meal along with the basic necessities or even place to live.
From that, the children wanted to “do more for kids than just donate toys” – they quickly came up with the idea of doing a hot cocoa and cookie sale to help a local non-profit during the holidays.
“I searched around and immediately found Ray of Hope Children’s Services,” Sahota said.
Ray of Hope Executive Director Laura Saunders the efforts of her children.
“Kids helping kids – it is compassion at a level that we need in our community. That’s a component that is going to build a better community,” she said.
Her non-profit services children and teens who are referrals from agencies such as the San Joaquin County Child Protective Services, Child Abuse Protection Council, and Human Service Agency, to name a few.
Ray of Hope is currently involved with its Christmas Guardian Angels scrolls – youngsters have listed three gift ideas per scroll.
The scrolls can be picked up at Collective Hair Salon, Chit Chat Café, Starbucks (Yosemite Avenue & Union Road or Daniels Street & Hulsey Way), Dutch Bros. (Manteca, Lathrop, or Ripon), Lucy Moreno State Farm, and Chick-fil-A.
For more information, call 209.597.0574.