_Mianzhu Family, an NGO led by a group of volunteers with a heart for serving the elderly, organized an event to serve the lonely and elderly people around their city on Chinese New Year. The following is their plan for the event. To learn more about Mianzhu Family and its projects, please go here for Chinese, or here for English.
The Spring Festival (aka Chinese New Year) is one of China’s most important holidays. It is tradition for people to have family gatherings, watch the Spring Festival Gala, eat, drink, and enjoy each other’s company. But the elderly and widowed that live alone are not able to carry out this joyful occasion. Mianzhu Family’s volunteers will solve this problem! We will act as their family and keep them company. We have planned a bountiful dinner on Chinese New Year Eve, and together, we will celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Dragon.
Objective: Invite 100 widowed/elderly individuals to the New Year’s Eve dinner.
Time: January 22nd, 2012
Location: A nursing home or a rented location
100 widowed/elderly people
20 accompanying persons and department head of nursing home
5 media reporters
5 health care securities
_[Mianzhu Family’s service volunteer team is currently working on a project to help the elderly around them to live better lives. This post is an overview of the purpose and budget of Mianzhu Family, written by the organization's leaders as part of their application to partner with the TFish Fund. To learn more about Mianzhu Family, please go here.]
Mianzhu Family’s kind hearted volunteers have covered every corner of the city of Mianzhu, taking care of the elderly, providing them company, playing games with them, and doing chores for them. Through these activities we have slowly understood the necessities of the people we serve. To improve upon our service in the future, we will do our best to play the role of their family members (who are oftentimes missing in their lives), so that they will feel more at home and less lonely. In order to provide them with a more comfortable standard of living, we are starting to visit their homes on a regular basis. Our activities include running health check-ups, cleaning around the house, hairdressing, holding birthday celebrations, providing every day products, washing/replacing clothes, and much more. Also, twice every month, our team has visted nursing homes to provide entertainment. From 2008 to 2011 we have served the single, the elderly, and the disabled. In 2012, our focus is to care for those who are lonely or struggling with financial difficulties.
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