Sadly, this is not the truth for everyone. Migrants, who came from other provinces to find a better life in Shanghai, are struggling to get by. They work as hard as they can; yet they only receive around 3000RMB a month. Health care is not available to them here in Shanghai and their children are sharing a tiny classroom with 50 other students and one teacher.
They are not lucky like us, they do not get to spend the holidays with their families, let alone, get a gift.
That is why our school has joined the annual Giving Tree appeal, a charity that tries to make Christmas a joyful time for children in migrant schools. Each of these children receive a bag filled with a jacket, some winter clothes, school stationery, a backpack, a book and a toy for them to keep. These items are provided and made by Home Sweet Home, a charity that employs disabled people and migrant workers.
Last year, I went along to hand some of these bags out to the children and was welcomed with open arms. When it was finally time to hand out the bags, they couldn’t wait to see what they got. As soon as they opened them, smiles appeared on their faces and they enthusiastically showed their gifts to their friends.
That moment will always stay with me and was all because of Giving Tree.
To spread this joy even further, we are trying to collect 620 bags this year, each costing 200RMB. This price includes a jacket, a rucksack, school stationary, a hat and a scarf. All you then have to do is buy a toy and a book (costing around 85RMB) and, most important of all, write a personalised card to wish your assigned child a ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’.
Letters, including a reply slip, have sent home with your child and can also be found on our website so you can easily participate in this joyful appeal.
So remember, giving is better than receiving.
Eelinn Vanquaethem 13B