Christmas Day, Beacon of Peace, a secular peace organization in Richmond Hill will be giving away over 200 toys to kids in need. The organization was founded by Shaw Ryan Khan, a former victim of mental bullying.
“It was a terrible experience. You had the segregation and the feeling that you were a waste of space and that you are all alone,” said Khan, 22.
Khan overcame his depression when he connected with his uncle and that gave him the drive to help to uplift others.
“Beacon of peace was created out of that passion,” said Khan. “That goal to make sure that people don’t feel that sort of isolation …in this world because, in reality, we are all a part of a unique family,” said Khan.
The group represents people of all walks of faith and backgrounds.
“We acknowledge that there is a God,” said Khan. “We have no discrimination against race, religion, ethnicity or whatever. We are here for everyone, not just a certain religion,” said Khan.
Beacon of Peace is all about giving back to the Richmond Hill community and beyond with fundraisers.
“We are here to make people happy and bring families together,” said Vice President Deokie Jagdeo, 40. “If you have a problem and you need someone to talk to, we are here.”
Khan’s wife, Natilia agrees.
“We have people coming together who are willing to put endless effort into making other people happy and trying to put a smile on someone’s face,” said Mrs. Khan.
Helping out with the Christmas Village decorations is Rafael Morris, 54.
“I like doing this because it makes me feel good to see the kids happy,” said Morris, whose been with Beacon for three years.
The Christmas toy donation will be at 3 p.m. at 97-05 109 St., South Richmond Hill, N.Y. 11419.