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Hallyu stars spread holiday giving spirit

2006/12/21 | Permalink | Source

Hallyu stars Lee Young-ae and Lee Joon-gi are spreading the holiday spirit by making donations of 100 million won and 2 million won, respectively, to local organizations on Thursday (Dec. 21).

Lee Young-ae, best known to Asian fans for her performance in the television drama "Jewel in the Palace" ("Dae Jang Geum"), visited the Asan Medical Center in Pungnab-dong, Seoul, for a ceremony in which she handed over the donation in the presence of children and adult patients suffering from terminal diseases.

She also spoke with the patients in private.

During the ceremony, she apologized for creating a scene when there are many people who help without others knowing.

"On the other hand, I hope that my doing this will inspire those who don't know how to help or are not brave enough to act on their desire to help", she said.

The money will be used by the hospital to help 13 patients.

Actor Lee Joon-gi gave 2 million won to the Korean Citizen's Coalition for Teen Heads of Households. The money will be used to help pay for the tuition of children who are the heads of their families.

This is not the first time Lee Joon-gi, who rose to stardom after he won over audiences with his portrayal of a court jester in the 2005 hit film "The King and the Clown", has lent a hand to those in need.

Last October during the Chuseok (Thanksgiving) holiday, Lee donated the bonus he received from the producers of "The King and the Clown" to teen heads of households.

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