Wives of diplomats, officials provide succor to the needy

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Wives of diplomats, officials provide succor to the needy

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Dressed in yellow aprons, over 70 women, standing beside long tables covered with colorful bags and various items, were busy filling them with underwear, scarves, gloves, socks and much more that will be of help to lonely elderly folk and orphaned teenagers as they prepare for the coming cold season.
The heart-shaped badges worn by the women bore the name of the country or company they represented along with their own name as they participated in this charity event on behalf of their husbands.
The wives of foreign diplomats from 15 embassies, including Canada, Portugal, Germany and Norway, and senior officials of the government and private financial companies participated in the charity event organized by the Korean National Red Cross at its office in central Seoul on Nov. 23.
Nina Braastad, wife of the Norwegian Ambassador to Seoul, Arild Braastad, has participated in the event for the four years since she first came to Korea. She said, “All these ladies are so devoted to doing volunteer work, and I feel privileged to be invited to take on this job.”
“We met every Wednesday to sew these bags for a year. This year, we reduced the number of bags but enhanced the quality of the items in them,” said Kim Woo-myung, chairwoman of the Red Cross special advisory committee for women volunteers.
Two thousand bags filled with scarves, socks, hand cream, thermal underwear and gloves will go to the elderly living alone and 500 bags with teddy bears, chocolates, hats, socks, gloves, underwear and stationary will be given to parentless or disabled teenagers, the Red Cross said.


by Kim Soe-jung

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