Taipei, charity groups to send out New Year's Eve meals for underprivileged
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday thanked more than 200 volunteers who will be helping deliver Chinese New Year meals to senior citizens living by themselves as well as underprivileged families during the holiday season.
February 8, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Hau said that according to tradition, if one has a pleasant Chinese New Year holiday, it means that the person will have a good year.
Twenty-nine organizations in cooperation with Taipei's Department of Social Welfare (DOSW) raised NT$2.15 million for the charity event, in which 1,000 sets of meals and gifts will be delivered to the homes of the elderly living by themselves as well as underprivileged families.
This year the Chinese Christian Relief Association (中華基督教救助協會) has mobilized 240 volunteers and 70 vehicles to facilitate the event.
According to the DOSW, 250 solitary elders and 750 underprivileged families will be receiving the meals, which will include dishes such as pork knuckle, fish fillet, meat balls, chicken soup with ginseng and turnip cakes.
In addition to the above-mentioned dishes, the recipients will also be given red envelopes containing NT$800, as well as rousong and cookies. The gifts will be delivered directly to the homes of the recipients.
Meals intended for underprivileged families, on the other hand, will be delivered to designated locations for family members to collect.