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Volunteer dumplings bring cheer to the elderly

By Liao Yuan Updated: 2013-09-16

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Volunteer dumplings bring cheer to the elderly

A senior citizen of the retirement home making dumplings with a volunteer (Photo/chinanews.com)

 

A group of volunteers spent four hours of their time this past Saturday morning making more than 250 rice dumplings -- wrapping, cooking, and packing them in goodie bags-- to bring a bit of Mid-Autumn Festival cheer to the residents of a care home, in the city of Karamay, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

 

The 30 volunteers, of all ages, delivered the fragrant dumplings to a meeting hall in the care home, on Sept 14, then stayed around to play games with the elderly residents and handed out the autumn delights with a smile, noting that they thought it was a special day and it taught them that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

 

One elderly resident responded by saying, "We're really grateful for everything they do for us."

 

The Mid-Autumn, or Moon Festival, is a popular harvest tradition celebrated by the Chinese on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, when they spend a romantic night together with family members at home, or in the garden, or at a beach or park to enjoy the evening sky and the brightest moon of the year.

 

Edited by Roger Bradshaw