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感恩節對於新澤西的慈濟人,真的是感恩的日子。在1993年的感恩節餐會中,從紐約來了幾位朋友,其中有ㄧ對夫妻;莊錦池和高鳳珠夫婦,由於他們的的接引,讓當天參加聚會的林慮瑢因而知道有慈濟,也因為這個因緣,令來美多年的她,終於敲開了心門,走出自己的象牙塔,不只打開了內心那顆善良的種子,更走出了小情小愛的家門,投入慈濟長情大愛的慈濟菩薩道。

當年參加聚會的幾個好朋友, 從加入會員、志工到今天菩薩成群的新澤西分會,真要感恩當年紐約支會所有師兄師姐的穿針引線,不棄不離的接引和陪伴,才能夠成就今天在新澤西的慈濟家族。感恩支會負責人康慈定師姐,率領紐約的師兄師姐們,來到ㄧ河之隔的新澤西州,在林慮瑢師姐和陳濟弘師兄府上,舉辦了一場家庭茶會。對參加茶會的這些新澤西的華人朋友們,印象最深刻的是;整齊美麗的制服和隊伍,從每位慈濟人臉上所展現的是慈祥和莊嚴的表情,尤其是美麗柔軟的手語,深深吸引了不少女眾們加入慈濟的行列。就像所有的慈濟據點ㄧ樣,師姐們柔軟、善順的慈悲心,是成就慈濟志業的大慈良田的播種者,也是慈濟的根源。而當年紐約慈濟人跨出的ㄧ小步,卻也是新澤西慈濟的ㄧ大步。

1994年的六月,台北資深委員林幸惠和加州蔡慈璽兩位師姐,在慮瑢師姐的邀約下,更從遙遠的台北和美國的西岸加州,相邀飛來新澤西,再次的舉辦了ㄧ場小型的家庭茶會。因地利之便,北部Bergen County的華人有機會多了解慈濟在家鄉的消息,以及慈濟美國分會的拓展情形。更藉著資深師姐個人的心得分享,讓來賓們了解慈濟這個原本陌生的團體,和慈濟創辦人證嚴法師的慈悲宏願。 同年十一月,美國分會黃思賢執行長特地來此辦了一場座談會,吸引了百名來賓,也因此而接引了更多的男眾師兄加入了慈濟的隊伍,原以爲做慈濟都只是女眾,看到思賢師兄以ㄧ個成功的企業家因為理想、愛上人、愛慈濟,可以放下事業,全心的奉獻做慈濟。

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新澤西合心區大事記

時間                              事件內容

1995
1995/3/12 新澤西聯絡處成立林慮瑢師姊承擔負責人
1995/3/15 志工聯誼會在East Hanover舉行
1995/3/26 參加華人醫師協會&美華防癌協會的醫學講座
1995/6/17 新州中國日
1995/6/25 志工聯誼會
1995/12/31 參加大覺寺舉辦大紐約區佛教團體元旦聯歡晚慶
1996
1996/1/4-11 隨長行到馬來西亞、菲律賓參訪學習
1996/3/30 ㄧ週年慶及新澤西支會成立及會所啟用租Boonton ,NJ
1996/5/18 慶祝母親節志工聯誼會
1996/6/15 參加新州中國日義賣園遊會
1996/810-11 為賀伯颱風街頭勸募
1996/9/21 中秋節感恩志工聯誼會
1996/12/14 五位師兄姊前往加州參訪洛杉磯慈濟人文學校
1996/12/27-28 慈青少冬令營

1997
1997/1/12 幸福人生講座"靜暘師姐-歡喜自在"
1997/2/2 新澤西北部人文學校成立校址為Boonton high school.
1997/3/28 新澤西支會二週年慶黃思賢執行長"慈濟人間味"講座
1997/5/24 慈濟人參加莊嚴寺大佛落成典禮
1997/6/22 華府連絡處三週年慶
1997/6/28-29 小菩薩營
1997/9/7 新澤西中部人文學校成立,校址為Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
1997/9/13 愛心宴(為大林醫院募款)
1997/12/27-28 慈青少冬令營

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Ginger: Welcome to US Tzu Chi 360. I'm Ginger Chang. Our feature today brings us to New Jersey, where Tzu Chi volunteers have been holding the Food Pantry program in cooperation with the New Jersey Food Bank. For the past one and a half years, Tzu Chi's Food pantry program has been providing low-income families with their nutritional needs. We are fortunate to have Sam Chou, who has been one of the key players in the food assistance program since the very beginning. Welcome Mr. Chou; so can you tell us how you got involved?
Sam: The mayor of Cedar Grove suggested us to create something to distribute food to help local needy people before Tzu Chi New Jersey celebrated its 15th anniversary.  So, Sister Debbie Chen asked us to study its possibilities.  So, here we go!
Ginger: Well one of the unique aspects of the Food Pantry program is the computerized system; can you tell us a little bit more about it?
Sam: Logistics is part of the time and effort consuming aspects to run a food pantry.  We know that we need to have computer system to help us to handle it and also helps us save our energy for something else.  Fortunately, we do have the skills to create such a web application quickly and we are also willing to take any reasonable suggestions to make our system more user-friendly.
Ginger: Okay great, another interesting feature that sets Tzu Chi's Food pantry apart is that it only provides vegetarian food. And surprisingly, the meat-free diet has been received very well by the aid recipients.
In our next segment, Footprints, we introduce you to May Hsieh. May began to devote herself as a Tzu Chi volunteer after she lost her job after 9/11. And one task she particularly enjoys doing is cooking and serving nutritious vegetarian meals for the senior citizens in Chinatown.

 

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