Grounded on core values of respect, love, and service to the elderly, the Xin Yue Senior Citizen Service Center of Chongqing, China, promotes social work services for senior citizens and builds harmonious living environment for them.
On June 28th, our center, in association with Chongqing Sunshine Philanthropy Foundation and Mierdi International Culture Club, hosted a group birthday party for seniors with June birthdays. In the morning, we went to the Mierdi International Culture Club to go through volunteer training and international philanthropic culture exchange. In the afternoon, the volunteers led a happy birthday party with children and seniors, celebrating birthdays for the elderly.
40 seniors came that day. The average was over 80. The hot weather could not dampen their cheerful mood. They sat together long before the birthday party started. The volunteers were running up and down the venue, busy with setting up, helping seniors enter, holding umbrellas for them, and sending fruits to them. Everyone’s hearts were filled with love. There were caring volunteers by each senior’s side. There were over 30 volunteers on site. The volunteers provided the seniors with five gifts: their care, kind wishes, cake, company, and physical presents. Seeing the busy volunteers working at the birthday party, one grandpa commented, “I haven’t celebrated my birthday in several years. Today there are so many people celebrating with us. Thank you so much!”
The entire event lasted two hours. Performances included Peking opera by the elderly, songs and dances by the volunteers, poetry readings, and foreign culture programs. The most memorable act was blowing the candles on the cakes with the seniors and sharing happiness. Many volunteers told us that although they gave up rest time during the weekend, they feel like bring their family and children to serve the community is very worthwhile.
Original article written by Ling Feng, translated and edited by Allison Zhang
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