Ma buys necessities for poor kids in online drive


TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Ma Ying-jeou purchased a shipment of daily necessities online and had them delivered by express service to disadvantaged children, in a show of support for a charity drive launched Wednesday by the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, according to the fund’s Chief Executive Officer Wang Ming-jen.

The drive was initiated by PChome Online, one of the nation’s leading Internet portals, in cooperation with the children’s fund and the home delivery service President Transnet.

Under the program, all the basic necessities required by the fund’s 22 centers around the country are available on PChome’s Web site, which allows the public to purchase and donate basic items to those in need.

All purchased items will be delivered within 24 hours to designated centers,and the centers will swiftly deliver the donations to disadvantaged children, Wang said.

The drive was launched with Ma’s order that included toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel, rice, toilet paper and facial tissues, all of which were to be delivered to the fund’s centers within one day.