charity Chinese style?

The last day of school before break the school hosted a charity for children who suffered from the recent earthquake in Qinghai. Kids were supposed to bring some toys to school which I presumed were going to be sent to the earthquake region. I dutifully packed up two puzzles and told Max that we were giving them to kids who weren’t as fortunate as us.

When I got home, however, Max excitedly showed me the new Ultraman he had bought at the toy sale. There was also 5 RMB laying on the table.  I quizzed Max who told me that his teacher had bought the puzzles and that he was able to buy the Ultraman with the money. All the kids in the earthquake were already dead, he insisted, which is why the puzzles didn’t go to them.

Bemused  I tried to ask my ayi  what had happened (she did pick up that day) but still do not really understand. She told me that the puzzles were expensive, which explained the toy and change, and insisted that something did in fact go to charity – but I’m still not really sure what.

At least next time there is a charity Max will be happy to give again.

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