Grounded on core values of respect, love, and service to the elderly, the Xin Yue Senior Citizen Service Center of Chongqing promotes social work services for senior citizens and builds harmonious living environment for them.
Every students likes the Spring Festival. They not only get to eat good food, hang out with their friends, and wear new clothes, but they also get gift money from the adults. They would normally buy things they liked with the money, but something was different this year. Two student volunteers gathered their schoolmates to buy glutinous rice flour and fillings with their gift money. With the help of the Center, they visited senior citizens and made rice dumplings together and enjoyed their time together.
21 student volunteers and the senior citizens were busy making dumplings. Some of them mixed dough, while others made the dumplings. As for the elders, their enthusiasm was no less than that of our younger volunteers. Though they are old and frail, they were excited to display their cooking skills. Granny Chen used to be a vendor who sold dumplings and surely enough, she acted as our advisor. We saw her wide smile throughout the activity.
After two hours of laboring, our dumplings went to the pot. Soon, our volunteers shared deliciously cooked dumplings with the senior citizens. The expense for this activity was 816 RMB, provided by our young volunteers, and 60 senior citizens participated in the activity.
Original article written by Ling Feng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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