Being away from friends and family at Christmas time is extremely difficult for the many expats living and working in Korea. Foreigners in Korea often get homesick as Christmas approaches and start to really miss being home with their family at this time of year. There’s no escaping that it’s probably one of the toughest challenges expats the world over face in their decision to move away from home.
Many find solace in helping others during periods of homesickness and every year in Gwangju, Jeollanamdo, the local expat community pulls together to “Adopt a Child for Christmas” to try and give those without a family something to smile about in the festive season. It’s a fantastic idea where you can buy a special gift for a child to open for Christmas and allow them the chance to feel loved and wanted whilst simultaneously making yourself feel much better too.
There are several orphanages in Gwangju that are full of the happiest children you could ever meet. They literally have nothing apart from the volunteers who care deeply about them – but they smile from ear to ear and never complain about their situation. Having a gift to open on Christmas means the world to them.
It would be more than appreciated if you could lend your support this year. If you are interested, here is how you can get involved. (Please like the Adopt a Child – Gwangju page on Facebook too.)
For Those In Korea:
1) Think about how many orphans you are willing to sponsor (remember: the average gift runs between 20 and 30 thousand won) and which gender(s), if any, you prefer to buy for.
2) Decide whether you will be purchasing the gift yourself or if you would like us to do it for you. The latter option requires a flat 30,000 won bank transfer to this account: KEB, 620-225964-325. The name is JORDAN MICHAEL.
3) Once you’ve got those details worked out, send us a message THROUGH THIS PAGE specifying which gender and how many you would like to sponsor. If you have a preference for orphanage, you may indicate it at this point. We will only be processing messages THROUGH THIS GROUP to keep things as simple and organized as possible.
4) As soon as we can, we will reply to your message with a name, size, and the desired item with a preferred color. Please bear with us as it sometimes takes a while to get information from the various orphanages.
5) If you went with the purchasing option, you will receive a confirmation message when the gift has been dropped off. If you went with the bank transfer option, send us an additional message after the transfer has been made with bank name and the name on the account. Once we receive the message, we will confirm the transfer has been made.
6) Those delivering the gifts are asked to do so at the GIC (Jeonil Building) before December 10, but we recommend you do the shopping as early as possible to take advantage of volunteer gift-wrapping services offered nearer to the date.
*Some details concerning wrapping. The name of the child and their orphanage should be indicated clearly on the package. If you would like to sign your own name to the gift, that is fine; if not, just put a ‘From Santa’ on it. Please ensure the receipt is handed in with the gift (but not as part of the gift) just in case it needs to be returned for some unexpected reason.
7) Receive our most sincere thanks for your participation. You are doing an amazing thing for the orphans of this city and should be commended for it. You are all heroes.
For Those Outside Korea:
Those who live abroad and would still like to contribute, KEB has given us the following instructions for oversea bank transfers:
“Each KEB account has a unique account number. You just need to provide the sender (from overseas) with your KEB accountnumber, the name and address and phone of KEB (Korea Exchange Bank; 181 Euljiro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul; 82-2-1544-3000); and our unique SWIFT code (KOEXKRSE). That’s all they need to send money to your KEB account.”
Just to remind you, our account information is KEB, 620-225964-325, under the name JORDAN MICHAEL.
Like “Adopt a Child – Gwangju” on Facebook for more information and updates.