Thu, Nov 13, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Christmas card drive cheers needy kids

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Children pose with a post office mascot yesterday during the launch of the Christmas card drive.

PHOTO: SUNG CHIH-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

This Christmas, rushed shoppers can buy and send Christmas cards in one go with the knowledge that they are helping needy children.

The post office, the Kingstone bookstore, and the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (CCF) launched their joint Christmas project yesterday.

Until Dec. 25, customers can purchase Christmas cards and stamps then mail the cards at Kingstone. The post office has set up temporary mail collection points at all Kingstone outlets.

All customers, regardless of the amount they spend, will receive a free Christmas card to write a message for children benefiting from CCF programs. The CCF will then deliver these cards to the children.

CCF is a charity with a long history of helping children and families in need, particularly children from single-parent families.

Meanwhile, the post office is once more providing a personalized stamp service for the Christmas season, a service that started two years ago.

The service allows customers to combine a personalized stamp with a standard stamp. Customers must provide a photo to the post office, which will produce a set of 10 stamps. Customers can also select personalized stamps with a different face value, from NT$3.5 to NT25. The price of a personalized stamp set is NT$150 not counting stamp face value.

However, the personalized stamps are decorative only and cannot be used in lieu of standard stamps.

"The personalized stamp offers the public an opportunity to combine personal photos together with regular stamps, which can serve both as postage and as a souvenir," Huang Shui-cheng (黃水成), the post office's general manager, said.

"During Christmas, postmen shoulder the burden of delivering messages of love and care. We hope the public will use personalized stamps on their greeting cards and send them to their friends and families to show their love," Huang said.

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