For most, birthdays are a time to celebrate and treat oneself. Not for Artsrun Ohanyan, however, who was inspired to help others this year. He threw a party, but asked those who couldn’t attend to donate to FAR in lieu of a gift. Putting the word out on Facebook, he collected an impressive $500—significantly surpassing his original goal to raise $200.

Artsrun’s donation will support FAR’s soup kitchens. This was the first time Artsun decided to support FAR, which he became familiar with through the church. Humble about his generosity, Artsrun said he was able to achieve his goal with the help of good friends. The birthday campaign “was a great opportunity to show their respect and love,” he said. He encourages others to do the same.

Thank you, Artsrun, for choosing to support some of the most vulnerable in Armenia through this very important project.