Fans of BTS’s J-Hope have made numerous donations to celebrate the singer’s birthday on February 18!

In 2016, BTS joined hands with UNICEF to create their “Love Myself” campaign aimed at ending violence against children and young people across the globe. Through his songs and other content, J-Hope has succeeded in delivering a message of hope and comfort to fans.

On February 14, Korean fans of J-Hope donated 128 sacks of rice to the singer’s hometown of Gwangju. They also delivered 700 kilograms (approximately 1540 pounds) of feed to animal rights group and relief organizations. Fans also knit woolly hats for newborn babies suffering from hypothermia, began a fund-raising project for comfort women, and partnered with KFHI (Korea Food for the Hungry International) to organize a “Hope On The Stop Hunger” project. The “Hope On The Stop Hunger” project sponsors starving children in 53 countries with emergency relief and food. Currently, around 500 fans from 17 different countries have contributed to the campaign.

In the United Kingdom and Peru, a project is being carried out to help low-income people recover their smiles through free cleft lip and palate surgeries. Fans explained that the project was inspired by J-Hope, who is known for his bright smile and called a “positive icon.” Fans in Peru were able to collect more than $4,000 to provide surgical expenses for 14 children. In addition, the total amount of money raised by fans to help minority refugees who have faced difficulties due to hateful violence also exceeded $3,700.

American fans created the “Operation Just Dance” project to further promote J-Hope’s name, as he is the main dancer of BTS. The project helps talented students from low-income backgrounds achieve their dreams by sponsoring the costs of their dance lessons.

Vietnamese fans were also reported to have donated 15,000 notebooks they created themselves to students from low-income families.

In addition to these projects, fans from China, Chile, and parts of Europe have began a series of sponsorship projects to donate trees and protect endangered animals.

In total, around 35 donation projects were reported to have been carried out by J-Hope’s fans from all over the world.

According to J-Hop’s fan clubs, the number of events for J-Hope’s birthday this year increased because he previously announced that he intended to donate on his birthday this year. For BTS’s 2019 Season’s Greeting Calendar, J-Hope wrote in his birthday column that he wanted to “try to donate.”

Way to go, ARMY!

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