Every $30 lets us add another child to the Santa Jia-Xin experience which includes, toys, clothes, food and workshops with caring, loving volunteers.
The short story:
6 years ago Jia-Xin was adopted from Taiwan. After experiencing her first Christmas in Canada, she wanted to share the joy with the children she left behind in Taiwan. Together with her family and some generous helpers in Taiwan, she made her dream come true. Now help us send even more holiday cheer to the children in Taiwan in her sixth annual campaign.
The long story:
Our daughter, Jia-Xin, spent a few years in foster care in Taiwan before we were able to adopt her in Canada. After experiencing nearly a full year of abundance with us she expressed an interesting career choice.
She told me that when she grows up, she wants to be Santa Claus. I asked her why, since there already was a Santa Claus and he delivered gifts to all the children in the world? She said "Not to Taiwan". She had been struggling with the fact that in Canada, she has been showered with gifts, while children back in Taiwanese foster homes and orphanages never know the joy of a gift from Santa.
I told her that she doesn't need to be Santa Claus to give gifts, that we can send gifts to those kids in Taiwan ourselves. She got very excited at the idea. So after much hunting, research and verification, I found the right people in Taiwan to make this happen.
In the last six years we have raised over $9000 that changed the lives of a number of children in Taiwan. Not only was Jia-Xin's generosity able to provide toys, but blankets, heaters, food and fun to children who would have otherwise been playing cold and hungry.
Once again, Tracie and I are starting with $200 and inviting all our friends and family to contribute whatever they can, I'd love to send over $1750 this year to buy gifts for the children Jia-Xin left behind. It's cost prohibitive to send physical gifts, so we have once again partenred with Bright Side Projects 臺灣嚮光協會 who will make the purchases (Jia-Xin will provide a list of items she believes would be most appreciated, but we will leave it to the experts to buy what is most needed).