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.
The 2013 Chongyang Festival was a memorable day in my life. It moved me a lot.
I visited the Qiaolou Old-Age Home with volunteers of the Xingyang Volunteer Federation. Upon coming into the yard, I could not help but burst into tears. I had never expected to see people living in such a way. An old man told me no one had visited him before. I asked him if he was happy there. He said yes but he wished there were more people to chat with him. It reminded me of my parents who said the same thing. They told me that because they are getting old and I won’t have time to take care of them, I might have to send them to an old-age home so that they can play with other old people. I agreed happily, thinking some other people could keep them company and they would be happy. When I heard the old man’s words, I said to myself that I would never send them to an old-age home. I decided to live with them and take care of them no matter how busy I will be. Although the staff is warm-hearted, I still feel the loneliness of the old people who live away from their children. I don’t want my parents to be alone.
The old people are just like children. They long for care and company from their children. Seeing the volunteers bring them happiness by talking with them made me wish I could be their child. If there are more volunteers who can be with them and chat with them every day, there will be less loneliness. I don’t think any of the old people would like to leave their children and live in the nursing home.
People might become more open and clear when they are getting old. Our grandparents’ generation did not have opportunities to enjoy a comfortable life, but they are still thankful. We will become old one day, so we should be kind to old people. When I visited the old-age home, I found their needs are so simple. They just need someone to talk with them.
To be a volunteer makes me understand and learn a lot in life.
Original article written by Xiao Yao, translated by Maggie Li and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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