'Grandma Christmas' Eunice Moe Brock, 94, spreads joy in Shandong

Updated: 26 Dec 2011
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Eunice Moe Brock, known as “Grandma Christmas”, has dressed up as Santa Claus and led a donkey cart loaded with books, stationery, fruit and snacks to give away to children in Liumiao village, Liaocheng, Shandong.
Eunice Moe Brock, known as “Grandma Christmas”, has dressed up as Santa Claus and led a donkey cart loaded with books, stationery, fruit and snacks to give away to children in Liumiao village, Liaocheng, Shandong.
 
A 94-year-old American woman known as “Grandma Christmas” has been ringing in the festive season in a small Shangdong province village.

In recent years, Eunice Moe Brock has dressed up as Santa Claus and led a donkey cart loaded with books, stationery, fruit and snacks to give away to children in Liumiao village, Liaocheng.

Born in China in 1917, Eunice lived with her missionary parents in Shandong province till she was 13, when they moved back to the US.

She returned to China 11 years ago, one year after her husband died.

"I always wanted to come back to China to help those who are suffering,” she said.

Before she arrived, Liumiao village never celebrated Christmas.

Now it has become one of the most looked-forward-to dates in the calendar for villagers.

She gives out notebooks and crayons to children, and also receives kids’ cards, which they draw to show their appreciation.

Aside from Christmas, Eunice makes frequent donations to local hospitals, schools and villagers.

She is the province’s first foreigner to have received a “green card” for her special charity contributions.

SOURCE: May Daily
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