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.
It has been 4 years since I joined Xingyang Volunteer Federation. It is a team that dedicate loves and serve other people. We learned differently from each activity. However, I experienced happiness that I had never had from hair cut activity for senior citizens at the end of 2014.
The weather was lovely. Some volunteers were cutting hair for some senior citizens at the corridor of the first and some senior citizens were chatting in the warm sunlight. One of my co-workers and I were cutting nails for them. They were comfortable to our services and we usually chatted with them with their interested topics when we were cutting nails
One of the senior citizens asked me to cut feet nails for him. He said he had goat toes. I was wondering and surprised when I took off his shoes and stocks. He got serious onychomycosis, dark grey, thick, long and bending, looking like goat horns, which could not be removed by normal nail cutter. When I was wondering how to handle this situation, Sisi came over. There’s a vivid scene. Sisi took the cutter and cut carefully. It looks more like shoving the nails. I was secretly saying Jiayou to him. With a position, the goat toes were done bit by bit. The senior citizen kept saying thank you while wearing his stocks and shoes. He said he could walk comfortably.
Another less old senior citizens came for nails’ cutting. He is mute and Sisi cut the nails patiently for him. The senior citizens gave Sisi a lot of praises. I could not help admiring him. I was happy to see they were happy about our services. The talking made us closer. We were thinking of our parents. When they are getting old, they still have someone to talk with. Isn’t it a kind of happiness?
Walking out of the nursing home, we still thought of smiles, jokes and plain words. The reward was 2 words—thank you, but we got more than this—the open and happy chat with them.
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