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Taiwan Santa Claus Sends Love to Northern Thailand at Year End

2022-01-15
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Taiwan Santa Claus Sends Love to Northern Thailand at Year End
Taiwan Santa Claus Sends Love to Northern Thailand at Year End
Taiwan Santa Claus Sends Love to Northern Thailand at Year End
Taiwan Santa Claus Sends Love to Northern Thailand at Year End

Taiwanese people's love knows no border. The founder of the “Taiwan Santa Claus” is a mother, who in the process of leading children to write letters to Santa Clauses around the world discovered there were no Santa Clauses available in Taiwan to write to, and so this project of writing to Taiwan Santa Claus was initiated, and Taiwanese children were also given the chance to experience Christmas wonders while growing up. In the beginning, there were only a couple hundred letters written to Santa that needed replies; there are now, however, over tens of thousands of letters addressed to Santa. Therefore, Taiwan Santa Claus is calling out to elves around Taiwan, requesting help in their effort of handwriting replies to children.

In 2019, Ms. Huang and Ms. Zhou, teachers at Meng An Sacred Heart Middle School in northern Thailand decided to lead their students in creating and writing Christmas cards in Mandarin to Santa Claus in Taiwan, the aim of which was to provoke students’ interests in learning Mandarin. After the children sent out their cards that year, they waited eagerly for its mythical reply, and they were undoubtedly ecstatic upon receiving the exquisitely made Taiwan-styled cards. What warmed the hearts most were the personal messages handwritten by volunteers in reply to every card sent. Many students, to this day, still hold on to these replies as treasured possession.  

As the pandemic rages on, many families in mountainous areas of northern Thailand suffer economically. Many children have thus terminated their Mandarin learning. Starting mid-2021, schools at all levels in Chiang Mai of Thailand have shut down and resorted to online classes, which puts school children in mountainous areas at a great disadvantage. Though the same courses are offered to children across the country, children in mountainous areas are restricted by insufficient hardware equipment, unstable power supply, and unsteady internet signals, resulting in lower learning efficiency; many children have had to learn math equations through tiny cellphone screens. And yet, there were still hard-working children that continued to struggle on even when schools were closed. When their parents were unable to pay for their tuition, these students turned in hard won scholarships without blinking an eye; their determination to continue their education both warmed and broke the volunteers’ hearts.

Taiwan Santa Claus learned about the situation after speaking with local volunteering teachers, and even though they’ve never met these students in person, Taiwan Santa Claus was willing to send forward Christmas wishes in forms of money and effort to these school children 2,300 kilometers away in northern Thailand. Taiwan Santa Claus’ dedication will not go unappreciated.

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