Xi’an Alliance works to promote a spirit of volunteerism. Many student volunteers are trained to participate in public welfare activities and social work. The main office is in Xi’an, China.
In early spring, the new semester began at the the Xi’an Medical College. Volunteers began preparing for a voluntary activity to help the elderly. In the morning, we gathered for the activity. Looking back on the activity, I remember everyone's smiling faces before we reached our destination.
This was the first time we did this activity for the elderly so we were a bit nervous. When we arrived at Tangdu garden, the team captain was waiting for us. The team captain gave us a brief introduction and told us what we needed to pay attention to. We then set out to converse with the aged. We were astonished to find all their living quarters were old and shabby. Something that looked like snow was falling down from the higher floors. We saw some old people were busy untangling strings. They greeted us happily and invited us to go into their rooms. The rooms were narrow and dim, and furniture inside the rooms was quite simple and old. The volunteers began chatting with them, listening to their stories from the past. The volunteers really began to understand their hard lives. We felt that we should be more respectful to our parents and that we really need to value our own lives. We then cooked tomato and egg noodles for the old people. Seeing their happy smiles, we were consoled.
After lunch, the old people talked about domestic trivialities. During the process, there was happy laughter and cheerful voices, a happy scene. The volunteers washed plates after the lunch. The team captain came back from his visit in another room and gave us a big smile, which encouraged us lot. We cut the old people's nails and cleaned their rooms. Upon leaving, the team captain promised to come again with other volunteers. The old people were very happy.
Original article written by Bin Kong, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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