Sometimes, life can be lonely. Last night, I was watching the K-drama Daily Dose of Sunshine and I saw the main character Jung Da-Eun struggling with shame in “Episode 11” as she navigated her own struggles with mental health. I was crying thinking of the Korean youth we serve, knowing they face similar invisible barriers. Everyday, the children and young adults from Korea’s social welfare system face prejudice and judgment; they are stigmatized for reasons outside of their control just because of their family status.
Yet, you give hope and joy during their troubled times. When JaeHyuck, a former KKOOM College Scholar, needed help moving to Seoul earlier this year, you stepped in to fund his moving fee, above and beyond. His dream is to become an actor and your generosity helped him remember – it’s okay to ask for help. Young adults like JaeHyuck know they do not have to walk this path alone thanks to your unwavering love and support when they need it the most.
But, our impact isn’t done for 2023.
The Little Moments of Joy Holiday Campaign officially begins on Giving Tuesday on November 28th. Our goal is to provide gifts for more than 150 children to brighten their holiday spirits. It costs $40 to sponsor one Christmas gift. KKOOM has provided gifts for one children’s home for the past 19 years. We are so grateful you have helped us keep this holiday tradition going since 2004 for Korean children. All donations will be doubled on Giving Tuesday, up to $5,000. Help us fulfill every wish list item for every single child we serve!
Thank you for being a part of the #KKOOMFAMILY and for helping us break barriers every day for vulnerable youth in South Korea. You are a shoulder they can lean on and for that, we are eternally grateful for you. May you and your loved ones continue to be safe, healthy, and blessed!
-Grace Lee, Executive Director