With New China's 60th anniversary around the corner, many local governments and charity agencies are busy distributing special holiday funds and aid to those in need in preparation for the holiday celebration. This year, National Day and the Mid-autumn Festival happen to fall during the same week.
Visiting the disadvantaged, especially disabled children, childless old folks and extremely poor families, and giving them gifts, food and money during holidays has become a routine for local governments in many parts of China.
It is called a "heart-warming project" designed to bring good holiday wishes and comfort to those who otherwise would lack such seasonal cheer.
The attention and care toward the disadvantaged groups ahead of the holidays is surely a good thing, helping give them the same opportunity as the rest of the country to celebrate special occasions.
However, such "heart-warming" projects should go beyond the holidays.
As it becomes a modern, prosperous nation, China also faces increasing income disparity and social stratification, creating disadvantaged groups that barely enjoy the benefits of social development.
There are many ways to fundamentally change the lives of the disadvantaged.