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New Year banquet for needy set to be held in Kaohsiung

Staff Writer, with CNA

More than 1,000 homeless and impoverished Aboriginal people in Greater Kaohsiung will be treated to a year-end banquet, as is the custom every year, the head of a civic group said yesterday.

The banquet, to be held at Shinteh Temple, will provide 120 tables at a total cost of around NT$1 million (US$33,000), Association for Care of the Homeless head Lin Chao-an (林朝安) said.

Each guest will also be given a winter jacket and a red envelope containing NT$200, Lin said.

Lin said he wanted the homeless and the impoverished to “have a good meal and warm clothing during the Lunar New Year,” which starts on Jan. 23 this year.

Lin is following in the footsteps of his late mother, Lin A-han (林阿罕), who provided meals for street people in Kaohsiung for more than a decade, particularly in the Jhongdu (中都) area. Since “Jhongdu Grandma,” as she was known, died in November last year, Lin has been carrying on her good works.

The association that he heads provides about 400 people a day with lunchboxes, he said. The number has risen from about 300 early last year because of the economic slowdown, he added.

When the association does not have enough funds to keep the food program going, Lin dips into his own pocket and seeks government assistance.

“I will continue to provide the lunchboxes to carry on the legacy of my mother’s love and care for the homeless,” he said. “I will also encourage them to return to society and find a way to support themselves.”

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