On cold Christmas nights in the US when it sometime drops below zero degrees Celsius, Vietnamese youths and students in California gathered together to prepare gifts to present to the homeless.
This Christmas Charity Program is one of activities most eagerly expected by overseas Vietnamese students in California every year.
On Christmas this year, overseas Vietnamese students in California prepared 574 gifts, including personal utensils such as toothbrush and toothpaste, towel, soap, moisturiser, lip cream and sleeping bags to present to the homeless in California.
Pham Nguyen Dang Trinh, a third year student at the Economics and Finance Faculty of the California State University in Fullerton, California, the US, is the founder of the annual Christmas Charity Program.
Three years ago, when he was the president of the Student Recycle Club at California State University in Fullerton, Dang Trinh created the Christmas Charity Program to help the homeless who had no shelter in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.
Like other years, Dang Trinh and overseas Vietnamese students gathered together to prepare gifts to give unfortunate people. Especially, the program had the participation and support of the Vietnamese Student and Youth Association in California and a large number of Vietnamese American students.
“We visit the homeless elderly and listen to their confidence and present gifts. The jubilation and joy in their eyes are motivation to help us live better. I think, outwardly some think we are helping them, but for me personally, the homeless are my benefactors because they are giving me more strength to live more significantly and be more devoted,” said Dang Trinh./.