It is pretty common that people miss their loved ones during the festive season, which is all about family-togetherness. Each year around the Lunar New Year, Tzu Chi volunteers would prepare scrumptious vegetarian dishes and various programmes to welcome the care recipients “home” for a joyous reunion and celebration. Indeed, years of genuine companionship and care have brought volunteers and care recipients closer together, forming family-like bonds.
Tzu Chi Cambodia Liaison Office recently held their 11th relief distribution of rice at Kong Pisey and Somrong Tong Districts in Kompong Speu Province. The activity, which was supported by 268 volunteers from four countries, namely, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia, had benefitted 2,836 poor households affected by the flood.
After her 25-year-old son was arrested for drug addiction, Halimah, a 55-year-old widow, lives alone in her home that had leaking rooftop, broken door and windows. Empathized with her predicament, Tzu Chi volunteers not only provide her with living allowances, but also helped her to repair her home so that she could have a good night’s sleep.
It is a norm for many to party away the whole night on New Year’s Eve and to wake up late the following day. However, with commitment of allocated tasks, Tzu Chi volunteers and some public members were up at dawn, busily preparing for the year-end distribution event, starting their first day in 2017 with loving-kindness.
Family members were devastated with the loss of their loved ones in a deadly road accident which also left 16 injured. Tzu Chi volunteers immediately rushed to the hospital and stayed till late at night to render help to the passengers and their families.
On December 20, 2016, around 7 pm, a fire broke out at Hock Ann Estate, along Old Klang Road, KL. Tzu Chi volunteers were there to assess the situation that same night, and on December 25, after their visits, evaluation, preparations of name list and relief items, volunteers distributed relief materials to those affected.
Due to their mobility problems, Tzu Chi care recipient, Lim Ru Yu and wife could not clean the house themselves. Stuff kept piling up while bushes grew wild around the house. The place had provided breeding grounds for mosquitoes and insects too. Upon learning of their predicament, Tzu Chi volunteers helped clean the house.
93°C Café and Taihoyo Store organized a fundraising event to send love to Haiti. Together with their eight staff, owners, Chen Kuei Chou and Lin Chia Hua, worked tirelessly from eight in the morning till seven in the evening on November 6 just to be with the hurricane victims.
In conjunction with the Deepavali festival, volunteers of Tzu Chi Melaka started distributing goody bags to students in a few Tamil primary schools. One of the parents, Santhy a/p Doraisamy expressed joyfully: “I am so delighted to receive the goody bag! There are various ingredients for baking and cooking.”
Letchumi a/p Munswami’s house was burnt down in a fire, and in these difficult times, the care-giving, relief cash and daily necessities from Tzu Chi and other welfare bodies have helped to comfort the family.