The cold season came in early and strong in the past winter in Thailand, especially in the mountainous regions of the country, just as predicted by the Thai Meteorological Department. This usually happens after extensive flooding experienced by the country.
The Foundation gathered a team of volunteers from the Girls' Brigade and the Young Men's Brigade Thailand to travel to the northern part of Thailand, in Chiangdao and Chiangmai to help distribute some of the blankets that were previously packed and sent to these destinations.
The journey to the Lahu Hilltribe in the Baan On village was filled with excitement as the pick-up truck with volunteers in it, had to manouever a stream with muddy banks, where the tires were nearly stuck. It was quite an experience for all to visit and distribute the blankets and warm clothings to the villagers there. Here they lived without access to electricity as well.
By the end of the night, the volunteers where tired, but fulfilled, having helped bring love and smiles to the people, especially the elderly and the children there.
The Foundation wishes to thank all donors and the Global Giving for your partnership in making this winter a warmer one for many here. Any suggestions and feedbacks are most welcomed
During the Pre-Christmas season, after the exhibition that the Foundation had put up in November, not much responses came in, but nearing Christmas, donations started pouring in as our local network sent out urgent messages for the need as the temperature around the country decreased .
Together with the donations collected via the Global Giving connection, a total of 140 Blankets were collected, bought, sorted, packed, and sent to those in the North and North-Eastern Thailand, namely in Chiangdao, Samerng, RoiEt and Sisaket.
The Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have donated generously towards this project, thus enabling 140 underprivileged persons including the children and the elderly keep warm with the Blankets of Love!
Any suggestions and feedbacks are most welcomed, as we continue this project for the year 2011.
The Foundation was determined to collect as much donations as possible, so as to distribute planned blankets for those who were about to face the cold season in the north. So when the opportunity came for her to set up booth in the Central World (the former World Trade Centre in Bangkok), she seized the moment.
On 21 November, which was the onset of the "winter season" in Thailand, it was forecast to be a dry and cool day, and the booth stand was set up by 4pm out in the open area, to catch the after-work crowd, during the pre-Christmas period.
Donation boxes, photographs and displays were put up to catch the attention of the passing crowd, and volunteers also came after work to help out. What was unexpected was the sudden downpour that drenched all the exhibits, but not the spirits of the staff and volunteers, who continued to attract the attention of passers-by.
By the end of the night, at about 9pm, a total of 5 blankets were collected! But we believed that more will come in by Christmas time.
Thanks you for your support, as we are encouraged each time we see an increase in the giving by the generous hearts like yours.
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