Thanks to the many local businesses and individuals who donated to and attended Jing Ying Institute’s Annual Silent Auction for SPAN, Inc., the Arnold-based kung fu and tai chi school raised $5,000 for the local assistance network, SPAN, Inc., and donated over 500 pounds of non-perishable food for the charity’s food pantry.
SPAN stands for Serving People Across Neighborhoods, and they “provide food and financial assistance to qualified individuals and families to help them through a critical or emergency situation such as utility turn-offs, court-ordered evictions and prescription/medical assistance.” SPAN’s support reaches people in need throughout Anne Arundel County. (www.spanhelps.org)
One of Jing Ying Institute’s young kung fu students, 11-year-old Andrew Gleason, surprised the school with his own special donation. For his birthday party, Andrew asked his friends for canned goods instead of presents so he could “do his part to help out.” The owners of Jing Ying Institute, Nancy and Billy Greer, were so impressed with his initiative and generosity, they honored him with a special certificate of achievement.