Heng'ai Action Warms Needy Children in Central China

January 9, 2014
By Zhang HongqiuEditor: Li Wenjie & Sylvia Liu

Heng'ai Action Warms Needy Children in Central China
Students of the Shanguo Primary School in Changge City in central China's Henan Province receive free knitted sweaters on December 26, 2013. The charitable donation is part of the Heng'ai Action which was launched in the city in September 2013.[Henan Women's Federation / Zhang Hongqiu]
Students of the Shanguo Primary School in Changge City in central China's Henan Province received free knitted sweaters on December 26, 2013. The charitable donation was a part of the Heng'ai Action which was launched in the city in September 2013.

Of the 180 students at the Shanguo Primary School, 110 are left-behind children, whose parents have left their rural homes to seek better paying jobs in cities. Representatives from the Changge Women's Federation sent 50 sweaters and more than 2,000 warm coats to help them get through the cold winter.

The Changge Women's Federation also held a New Year's celebration for students of the Shanguo Primary School on December 29, 2013, with 27 students and their parents from Henan's capital city of Zhengzhou putting on performances. Students exchanged contact information and looked forward to further activities being held between urban and rural areas in the province.

Jointly sponsored by the China Children and Teenagers' Foundation (CCTF) and the Hengyuanxiang Group, one of China's top woolen consumables companies, the Heng'ai Action was established in 2005 in northeast China's Jilin Province to appeal to the public via women's federations and foundations in various regions, to knit sweaters for disabled children and disadvantaged orphans.

By June 2013, more than 690,000 children had received sweaters from benefactors across the country. With the participation of southern China's Hainan Women's Federation and charity organizations in southeast China's Taiwan Province this year, the Heng'ai Action has officially been expanded to all provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions nationwide, including the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC).

More than 30 volunteers in Changge were involved in the charitable event, knitting sweaters for disadvantaged children. Local government officials also donated more than 5,000 warm coats for the needy children.

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