According to their motto - “Love, truth, and service to community” - Xingyang Volunteer Federation works to enhance people’s sense of social responsibility through providing them various volunteer opportunities.The office is in Xingyang, Henan province.
May 9 was Chinese traditional festival—Dragon Boat Festival. Volunteers went to nursing home and Chinese opera actors were invited to give performance for the senior citizens.The senior citizens were sitting under the shadow of the tree when we arrived at the place. They were smiling.
The nursing home is funded by the government. There’s no problem to eat full and wear warm. What they need is spiritual comfort. The senior citizens like to chat to eliminate their loneliness. I took a nail clipper. I was chatting with them while cutting nails for them. Foyuan took hair cut tools and cut hair for the senior citizens. Xiahe Piaoxiang sang 2 songs and recited a poem for them. The senior citizens smiled with satisfactory. The nursing home was full of warm smiles.
Then the actors and actress began to give performances. We were busy for making dumplings. Some were working with vegetable and some with flour. They were enthusiasm though some of them were not very good at wrapping dumplings.
When the activity was over, some of senior citizens were reluctant to leave. I could feel their loneliness and they hope someone would chat with them. A Chinese opera could remind them a nice recalling and eating a meal together could make them happy for several days. They do not have high demand and a caring activity could bring them happiness and satisfactory.
Original article written by Ka Fei , translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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