The joint donation of second-hand items for charity by MSI, Eden and Enjia.

How did it start-------- A wonderful fortuitous event.

We learned by chance that the Eden Social Welfare Foundation was collecting children’s books and illustrated books for a mobile audio/video library. We also learned that the Enjia Impoverished Family Association was eagerly soliciting living necessities that would be given to youngsters and children of low-income or economically disadvantaged families to make sure they would have a joyous Chinese New Year. After many rounds of three-way communication and discussion, the MSI, Eden and Enjia Joint Second-Hand Items Donation Drive was put together.

The drive was scheduled to take place from 1st February, 2010 to 5th February, 2010, one week before the Chinese New Year. As we hoped that our colleagues would uncover more surplus items on hand in the year-end house cleaning and donate them to those families in need, we decided the name the activity “The joint donation of second-hand items for charity by MSI, Eden and Enjia”. The targets of the drive included children’s books, illustrated books, stationeries, spare gifts or ornaments, daily necessities, food products, and second-hand home appliances.

The poster of “The joint donation of second-hand items for charity by MSI, Eden and Enjia . ”

Kicked off – a flurry of inquiries on 28th January 2010.

The donation drive message was announced internally via e-mail and posters. Less than five minutes after the message was posted, more than 30 e-mails and phone calls came in, asking questions no other than “Is TV accepted?”, “Is washing machine accepted?”, “Is blanket accepted?”, “Is ……. accepted?”, and “Are outside donations accepted?” Aside from questions about the types of donations accepted, quite a few e-mails asked: “How long will this activity last? I am out of office on business trip right now. Can I make donation after I come back?” Before the drive started officially, the activity planners had received more than 200 donated items. “I was simply inundated with phone calls and e-mails during the time”, said Bryant, one chief of Volunteer team with a smile, showing not a tiny bit of complaint or displeasure.

Started officially – “Hide and seek” was taking place every day since 1st February 2010.

The donation drive started officially on 1st February 2010. To accommodate the busy schedule of high-tech workers and make sure the activity would not affect the routines of our daily works, we set up the drive at the entrance of the two employee cafeterias. Fifty-five MSI volunteers took turns working on the donation drive that took place one hour at lunch-time for five days. Lanny, a second-year volunteer indicated: “The rotation chart was filled up after one round. You might not get the chance to serve if you are slow. I was lucky to fill in the chart first and got the opportunity to serve on two days. Everybody was actively participating in this activity.”

Could you get it why we were so happy? Because help others is the way to be happy.

At 11:50AM everyday, the volunteers set up tables, stationeries and then waited for the arrival of donors. Unaccustomed to stand up in front of others or to be the spotlight, the volunteers had that shy and timid look at the beginning, because “being down-to-earth” and “keep low profile” are our corporate culture. “I could see their transformation from being embarrassed and bashful at the beginning to proactively approaching passing colleagues, calling out and making explanations later on. They really put aside any reservation they have because it is for charity”, said Adam, one of the contact windows for this activity.

Everyday at lunch time at the entrance of employee cafeteria, you could see volunteers untiringly explain to their colleagues the purpose and content of the donation drive, and many MSI employees carry bags of items, large and small, and sometimes luggage, waiting patiently in line to make donation. The donated goods, a lot of times including the luggage that carried the goods, were counted and recorded on the spot.

「YA!」The happiness of helping others were showed on the faces of every participant.
Pearl earrings, sunglasses and camera, were they really to donate?

The drive activity went on smoothly. But it was not entirely glitch free. Rita, the volunteer assigned with taking pictures, laughingly complained: “Every time they (the donors) saw me holding a camera, they either blocked their face with the donated goods or quickly left their stuff and walked away. In the end, I had to ask the volunteers in charge of recording the donations to slow down the process so I could take a few pictures of our colleagues making donations.” This is simply the consistent style of MSI employees – low profile, shy a nd quietly doing good deeds.

“Material Mountain, Material Sea”the successful ending on 5th February 2010.

As the news of donation drive spread quickly, the number of donors and the goods collected increased day by day. By 5th February 2010, the last day of the drive, volunteers had to make several trips to move all the donated items, which could only be described as “Material Mountain, Material Sea.” The original warehouse for storing the donated goods became insufficient to accommodate piles of goods. We had to seek emergency help from another department to find room for temporary stocking of the donated goods. So what’s next?


“Material Mountain, Material Sea”---the donations by msi colleagues.

“What’s next is we rolled up our sleeves and got to work”, Milly not only joined the activity, she also brought her sister Lynn who had been a MSI employee for less than three months to join the activity. Because the donated goods hopefully could be delivered to the needy families before the Chinese New Year, 15 volunteers got together after work on Friday and embarked on the sorting and packing tasks.

The volunteers either squat, knelt down or simply sat on the floor to get to their tasks of sorting, double-checking, counting, recording and packing.

The volunteers either squat, knelt down or simply sat on the floor to get to their tasks of sorting, double-checking, counting, recording and packing. The sound of taping and sealing was interspersed with questions of the volunteers: “Is PS2 a toy or a gift?”, “Should pencils and cards be counted individually? Can they be bundled up?”, or exclamations: “Hey, a notebook!”, “A brand new electromagnetic stove!”, “A Sony camera!”, or “Hey, I have pearl rings and sunglasses here.”

Getting thirsty? Have a sip of water and then continued to sort. Got bumped and bruised, how lucky it wasn’t serious!And then continue to record. The nails broke, fortunately no bleeding, and then continue to pack. The time elapsed, 6 o’clock passed, 7 o’clock passed, 8 o’clock passed, 9 o’clock passed, and the goods on the floor became less, for more and more were sorted, packed and numbered. fiften to 11 o’clock, the sorting, packing and cartoning works were completed. The donation drive raised close to 4,300 items, including: 95 food items; 300 daily necessities; 372 gifts and ornaments; 150 purses and bags; 645 children’s books and illustrated books; 1,580 pieces of stationery; 118 items of all kinds of home appliances, 412 pieces of brand new clothes, and 562 toys and rag dolls. Those items were placed into 45 56*53*40CM cartons and 17 ultra-big bags.


It was 15 to 11o’clock on 5th February 2010, after 5 hours ‘ work, we finally finished all the sorting, checking, counting, recording and packing.

How should the collected goods be donated and distributed?

Rene, the activity director indicates: “The 645 children’s books and illustrated books will be donated entirely to the Eden Social Welfare Foundation for the setup of a mobile audio/video library. The rest, including stationeries, gifts, ornaments, daily necessities, food products and home appliances will be donated entirely to the Enjia Impoverished Family Association and given to indigenous and disadvantaged families.”
“How about the rest toys and dolls?”
“Toys and rag dolls originally were not a collected item. But as such donations flooded in, it was too late to stop it and there were too many items for them to be returned to individual donors. So we will consult the Eden Social Welfare Foundation to find a suitable social welfare organization and hopefully the goodwill of MSI employees will be delivered to the needy in the society.”

The Donation ceremony took place on 9th February 2010.----------「What you receive from the society, you give back to the society」

On 9th February 2010, James Huang, Senior VP of `the MSI R&D Division and the spiritual leader of MSI volunteers team made the donations on behalf of MSI, which were accepted respectively by Director Su Chen-chen of the Resources Development Division of the Eden Social Welfare Foundation and Secretary-General Yang Ching-ling of the Enjia Impoverished Family Association. In the donation ceremony, Assistant VP of MSI Administration Wayne Chien, the heads of relevant departments and MSI volunteers were also present to witness and share the honor of giving.

James Huang, Senior VP of `the MSI R&D Division and the spiritual leader of MSI volunteers team shook hands and shared the experience of social welfare with the general secretary Yang Ching-ling of the Enjia Impoverished Family Association.
James Huang accepted the honor from Director Su Chen-Chen of the Resources Development Division of the Eden Social Welfare Foundation
All the participants of the activity took a picture to witness the happy ending.

VP James Huang shared his thought in the ceremony: “What you receive from the society, you give back to the society. This is why we have this donation drive…..Many people like to show their love to the society but do not know how. The society needs more people with enthusiasm and love for it to continue on… MSI makes “Beautiful Life” the vision it endeavors to achieve ever since its inception. All of you here today are people who are willing to contribute their heart and efforts to help those in need. If all of us could work a little harder, there will be a better society with more harmony and less violence.”

Director Su Chen-chen of the Eden Social Welfare Foundation indicated: “High-tech companies mostly give the impression of coldness. But the MSI activity this time totally breaks the stereotyping….. The children’s books, illustrated books and DVD we receive mean many kids will have access to them in the future. These are timely and most meaningful gifts. We like to thank our MSI partners.”

Secretary-General Yang Ching-ling of the Enjia Impoverished Family Association shared her personal experience in social service. She said: “Many people have a misconception of indigenous or economically disadvantaged families. They think those families are in their present situation because they are lazy and lack motivation. But the fact is kids in those families do not have access to resources or assistance. Taiwan’s society needs more enterprises like MSI that take the initiative to show care for and help those disadvantaged people. Even if it is just some gifts, ornaments, daily necessities, food or second-hand electric appliances, they would bring much joy and help to those indigenous people.”

12th February 2010, the enthusiasm and care is continuously flooding.

“Enthusiasm is contagious. It’s difficult to remain neutral or indifferent in the presence of a positive thinker.” ------Denis Waitley

The drive has ended. But some images and dialogues constantly come to mind.
Ex.: After the prizes in the year-end party were drawn, some colleagues immediately wrote that they wish to donate the gift coupons they won;
Ex.: A MSI manager took out from the trunk of his car three large bags of pricy and brand new table lamps, cooking utensils and electromagnetic stoves and indicated bashfully that these were for donation;
Ex.: Owners of stories in house also made donation by giving a large amount of raw materials and appliances;
Ex.: Lien Chang Freight Co. provided free transportation for the moving of donated goods;
Ex.: Some departments had carton boxes in the office for group donation. The majority of employees, for fear of exposing themselves, sneaked in their donation when nobody was present, which however led to the difficulty of documentation. To name a few group donation such as, Finance and Accounting department, IT Center, Sections 1 and 2 of NB System Analysis department;
What a pleasant “difficulty” to us!
There were many more such “stealthy”, “sneaky” incidents happening in the past few days.

The owners of stories in house also made donation by giving a large amount of raw materials and appliances.
Lien Chang Freight Co. provided free transportation for the 50 boxes of donated goods.

The activity had ended, but the inquiry phone calls kept coming in;
The activity had ended, but donations kept coming in;
The activity had ended, but its spirit did not end;
We look forward to the next round of activity; we look forward to more MSI employees partaking in such activities; we look forward to infecting others with our enthusiasm and bring warmth to others; we hope our small efforts and small contribution will bring to this society and the people on this land a better tomorrow. We believe that: “Enthusiasm is contagious. It’s difficult to remain neutral or indifferent in the presence of a positive thinker.”