The Chonburi Red Cross will again open its Matcha Charity Shop, offering cash and donated merchandise to the poor during Songkran.
Gov. Khomsan Ekachai and his wife, Busarawadee, the Red Cross chairwoman, officiated at the March 22 event to receive goods from area businesses and organizations at Chalerm Prakiat Pavilion.
This year’s campaign again carries the slogan, “To lose is to gain: The more we lose the more we gain; the more we give the more we get”.
Gov. Khomsan Ekachai and his wife Busarawadee receive donations from the local communities.
Busarawadee said during the province’s nine-day Songkran celebration, the Matcha shop will give out a motorbike, refrigerators, televisions, washing machines, fans, irons and other appliances. Smaller handouts include rice, oil, sugar and instant noodles.
Cash collected will be used for blood drives, health promotion, disaster relief, bicycles for the poor, and scholarships.
Khomsan said the Matcha shop is both a way to aid the needy in Chonburi and raise vital funds for the Red Cross and its mission.