Around 1,200 physically disabled and mentally challenged children from 15 homes and orphanages around Madurai received their Christmas gifts, this year early from Churches Auxillary Social Action (CASA).
At a function held on Thursday, Rev. A. Christopher Asir, Bishop, Diocese of Madurai-Ramnad, Church of South India, distributed quilts to the children in the presence of M.K. John Durairaj, tahsildar.
He said his Diocese was liaising between the people from abroad, who could afford to donate, and the needy children here.
Through its DEEP (Diocesan Educational Enablement Programme), around 1,000 children would be supported.
S.M. Selwin Joseph, field officer, CASA, said the quilts were distributed now so that the children need not suffer from cold when the monsoon set in.