True to their mission, the Agape Circle of the Western Diocese brought Christmas cheer to 37 local families through the gift card donation project. Collaborating with the Armenian Relief Society (ARS), St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, St. Peter Armenian Church of Van Nuys and the Young Women’s Christian Association of Glendale (YWCA), the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, our Lord was a little brighter for the less fortunate families who were able to provide a Christmas dinner and toys for their young ones. In all, more than $6,700 in gift cards were donated to the 37 families through the ARS ($3,420), St. Leon Armenian Cathedral ($2150), St. Peter Armenian Church ($600) and the YWCA ($545). The gift card donation project was supervised by the small task force of Maggie Sumian, Celene Calhaoglu and Silva Derbalian.
Chaired by Mrs. Alice Chakrian, the Agape Circle of Western Diocese of the Armenian Church provides direct support to community groups, outreach programs, and institutions that strive to alleviate human sufferings. Agape Circle is defined by the meaning of “agape”– a Greek word which means universal, selfless and unconditional love that transcends and serves irrespective of race or gender.
Annually, Agape Circle designates and adopts a community organization or institution, providing financial support and volunteer work to further their programs. Agape Circle is also a member of the Armenian Ambassadors of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a group comprised of community members organizations, and businesses dedicated to creating hope and building a healthier future for children.
Agape Circle leadership believes in being a fearless advocate against racism and domestic violence as well as altruistic servants of our community at large regardless of circumstances. Agape Circle is committed to partnering with YWCA Glendale to better our community by providing seminars, workshops and networking events so that opportunities are presented to women and girls, both in their personal as well as professional lives.