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Tzu Chi distributes goods for the homeless in Portland

2012/07/01 18:19:21

Portland, June 30 (CNA) The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan, distributed free goods and clothing to help the homeless in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday.

Homeless people began waiting outside the building where the goods were being distributed, in the city's Chinatown district, two hours before the charity event began, according to organizers.

Wu Tzu-yun, a section leader in Tzu Chi's Portland chapter, said the foundation prepared goods to help about 350 people, including bags, clothes, toiletries and food.

"In addition to receiving goods, we hope the recipients can feel the love and care from us," Wu said.

"Now I can go out and look for a job and I'll be nice and clean. So I'm very appreciative, thankful and grateful," said a homeless man after receiving the goods.

Stephen S. Ying, chairman of the Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, who attended the event on behalf of Oregon State Governor John Kitzhaber, said he appreciates "Tzu Chi doing this every few months to share their love."

Tzu Chi's summer campaign is in its second year. The foundation has held winter campaigns for the past four years.

(By Yen Ling-ju and Jamie Wang)