Everyone in this world must have the experience of being a giver and a receiver. For example, when we give something to someone, then they are happy and smile. We can get the power of happiness transmitted through the smile of the recipient. When we are the recipient, we will be delighted that people come to us with one thing. Especially, if what we get is something we never expected to get. The joy followed by a full smile would be twice as many as before.
If a person is a child and youth, the joy and smile appearing on his or her face will surely be a smile full of happiness. These smiles, then, will cause the giver to be delighted, because children, wherever they are in this world, will sincerely express their emotions or feeling, with no hypocrisy.
Children in the southern border provinces, as well, will send happiness through a beautiful smile, when they receive good things from the people around them or even people from other parts of the country.
The feeling of joy that a small child receives from this giving, will be buried as a mindset in his or her subconscious. This mindset will give him or her a good foundation of mind and then grows up to be a good adult that understands the power of receiving and sharing, which is an important force that makes a society a livable society.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could create hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of children and youth having small smiles? The millions of smiles will radiate great happiness to the people around them, to the society in which they live, and of course, the society would be happy as well.
Agencies and organizations, both in the public and private sectors, understand the facts mentioned above. Therefore, there are attempts to carry out such activities. And one of those activities is the activity called “ Million Gifts Million Smiles, a gift from the heart for smiles, hope, and encouragement”.
The interesting aspect of this project is that the project's initiator (Royal Thai Army and Central Group) has provided opportunities for all organizations and sectors, whether they are, companies or individuals, to work together as contributors through the delivery of love and best wishes to children and youth affected by the insurgency in the southern border provinces.
Love and good wishes that were handed over to children and youth in the southern border provinces are in a variety of forms, such as toys, stationery, school supplies, and clothing. According to statistics collected by Central Group, from 2014 to 2018, various types of gifts were delivered to children and youth in the southern border provinces, on average, more than 510,000 people per year, so the total in the five years from 2014-2018, the project has delivered a total of 2,065,411 gifts.
If count to the last year of operation, which is 2021, it will be the 12th year of creating smiles for children in the southern border provinces through the implementation of the said project.
Kindness in the form of a variety of gifts which was created by people from many different organizations and sectors participating in the project "Million Gifts Million Smiles, gifts from the heart for smiles, hopes and encouragement" will be transported to the southern border provinces by train, which we may call "The Train of Happiness"
Latest in January 2022, the train route Bangkok - Su- Ngai Kolok, which serves as a transportation part of the project's gifts to children and youth in the southern border provinces on the occasion of National Children's Day. The destination district is Khok Pho Railway Station, Khok Pho district, Pattani Province. The gifts given to children and youth in the southern border provinces consisted of more than 285 bicycles, clothing, candy, and toys including many other devices.
In addition to the gifts mentioned above, there is also a special gift in the form of “Scholarships” for extraordinarily poor children with a timeless motto. “Today's children are tomorrow's adults.” If today's children and youth are cultivated in terms of being good givers and receivers, they will grow up to be an adult who knows the power of being a giver and a receiver, which is an important force in creating a good society.
The “ Million Gifts Million Smile” project is another great project that will help cultivate the power of giving and receiving to children and youth in the southern border provinces and will allow them to grow to be an adult who knows the power of giving. Finally, they become an adult who helps create good things, especially in building lasting peace in the southern border provinces.