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.
In the afternoon of April 10, Starbucks volunteers planned a series of activities for our seniors, including birthday party, pot plantation, interior decoration and publicity board making. The volunteers were divided into groups and they went to different sites to hold activities.
The elderly people gathered in the activity room. Organized by the social workers, the activity consisted of self-introduction, art performances and birthday celebration. The old people introduced themselves seriously with a microphone. With bursts of laughter, the volunteers gave wonderful performances. Then the social workers and volunteers presented birthday cake and greetings to the elderly.
At 9:30 in morning, the social workers and volunteers prepared 3 kinds of plants for the elderly. During the activity, the volunteers introduced the plants and their right ways of plantation. They also gave a demonstration. The elderly were deeply attracted. They asked many questions on the skills of planting. With the help of the volunteers, they planted their flower and watered them carefully. A few of them showed their works and shared their feelings with the others.
To have a warmer room, the volunteers from Starbuck began to decorate the walls with the help of the social workers. The elderly were happy and participated in the decoration activity. With team work, the walls were made nice and warm. An old man could not help praising, “that’s really nice-looking…….” Sometimes, only a tint of color would bring more happiness to the elderly.
The volunteers from Starbuck showed their talents by drawing pictures and doing paper-cutting to decorate aisles. For many of volunteers, it was their first time to do paper-cutting and jigsaw puzzle. They were interested in such handcraft job. With their love and efforts, the blank walls became vivid.
Original article written by Ling Feng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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