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“Moon Geun Young’s Influence”: Village children donate their spending money
A year ago, young actress and current university student Moon Geun Young made a donation of 300 million won (just over $320,000) to (re)build a children’s center in a small village in the remote location of Haenam (at the very southern tip of the Korean peninsula). She even paid an unannounced visit to their classrooms, to their surprise and delight.
This year (er, 2007), the children decided to take their cue from their big sis and came up with the idea — entirely on their own, the article points out — of donating their own money to an even needier cause than themselves. But as they are hardly rich themselves, they spent the past four months doing odd jobs and errands to scrimp up money to donate. On the 31st of December, the director of the children’s center took their money — saved in three unmatching piggy banks — to donate to a social welfare center.
The amount? 179,550 won, roughly $191.
The director explains:
“These children are mostly living in difficult conditions already, so the amount isn’t much. But they didn’t buy themselves things they wanted to eat, and saved this money, penny by penny. After they began saving, their lives have changed, feeling happiness at the thought that they can care after and help other people.”
The children’s center houses and schools roughly forty children of either parentless or single-parent families, and was in danger of closing its doors in 2006 when the building was sold. Moon Geun Young heard of the situation and donated the money not only to save the center but to build a new building and buy a school bus.
Even considering how celebrity good deeds are often met with skepticism, naysayers would be hard-pressed to denounce this one. Because the chilluns! There ain’t no arguing with them.
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