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Twenty Dollars N.T.

How this, twenty-dollars’ worth of kindness became, so much greater than it’d, started out as, translated…

It was around noontime, as I exited the post office, found the skies, covered with dark clouds, and because I didn’t have my  umbrella, I’d, hastened my pace, wanted to make it home before the rain came down.

As I was waiting for the lights to turn green at the intersections, I’d found an elderly man in his sixties, on a wheelchair, with a yellowed towel under his neck from below his mask, with the beads of sweats, popping out from his forehead constantly, that extended to his knees, with a bamboo sift, lined with the green lotus leaves, inside were, two tiny bags of ylang ylang, with a piece of paper that said a bag for $20.  Because of how hot it was, he kept using his right hand with only his thumb and pinky left, to hook the towel up on his neck, to wipe himself down, with his palmless left hand, he’d, clung tightly, onto that wheel on the left.

something small like this…

split, among her neighbors…photo from online

As I bent over to buy some flowers from him, he’d told me that because of the outbreaks, there’s, no business on the streets, that’s why after the noon hours, he still had a lot left.  I’d told him it would be all right, that I want it all, then, he could go home then.  He’d, paused a bit, and told me, courteously, that I only needed one pack, that the season of the bloom was quite short, in two, three days, the flowers will be black, and lose the aromas, that I’d be wasting my money if I bought more.

His “would be a waste” touched me, normally, those who sold the items, only wanted to sell the merchandises, as for what happened afterwards, they couldn’t, care less.

As I got home, I’d, given the flowers to my neighbors, hoping, that every house get to, bathe in the sweet scent, and hope, that through this tiny sort of sharing, I can greet my neighbors, whom I hadn’t seen regularly during this period of outbreak.  Although, I’d only give two flowers to every neighbor, but the neighbors were all very, surprised, they all thanked me, and we’d, wished each other, a safe passage.

I could’ve, never imagined, that the twenty-dollars N.T. I’d spent, made me see the kindness of the man who’d sold it, and also given me the pleasures, of seeing those radiant smiles blooming, from under my neighbors’ masks, and I was happy over this, for a, very long time.

And so, the man who sold the flowers was grateful for you helping him out, and, he didn’t cheat you, because he felt your kindness, and, you’d, passed that kindness you felt from him, to your, neighbors, through these, simple acts, kindness is, rolling around the world.

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A Cycle of Kindness

Because of the kindness, shown by those graduated, older school members to you, making you, more than willing, to give back to your younger schoolmates too now, this is, an amazing, cycle of help, of kindness that keeps, rolling down, translated…

My son stayed in his room a long time, I’d asked him what he was up to?  He’d told me he will be in a webcam meeting in a bit, to train his younger schoolmates on the techniques of interview.  I’d questioned, that it wasn’t him who’s taking the exams, he’d replied, “back then, my older schoolmates had helped me the same way, of course I am going to help my younger schoolmates now too!”  wow, my son is, really, grown up!  This was, very truth, back then, my son wasn’t, too articulate, a geek too, wanted to become noted in the excellent bunches of students from Jien-Guo High School, not an easy thing.  But gladly, his older schoolmates were, more than willing, to coach him, they’d come back to school to rehearse with him every weekend, and finally, it’d helped my son get into his desired major of medicine.

Of them, the most helpful person was the one who’d, connected my son with his older schoolmates, his homeroom instructor, she’d treated her students like they were her own children, and all the students were, more than, grateful toward her, with a call from her, all of her students would drop everything, and came to her aid.

Especially, the year my son graduated, everybody made the higher grades, and, it’s all on how those graduated students’ willingness to put in the time on their weekends, to share with those younger schoolmates the tips of going into the interviews, to how to prepare the information package to bring to the interviews, etc., etc., etc., and on Memorial Day weekend, they’d, trained them from 8:30 in the morn, to five in the afternoon, to allow the younger schoolmates to get the stance they’d needed, when they are in the interviews, and I was, more than, moved by these, older class members’, giving, there were, a total of twelve students who got into the medical department.

More importantly, these experience of having something offered to them, made these kids know how to give back.  It’s said, that children who are intelligent, were all, selfish, but on my son, and his classmates, I’d, found that, cycle of kindness that, repeated itself.  Because they knew, that they couldn’t get into the universities of their choices, had it not been the older school members’ returning on the weekends to help them prepare, so, they’d, followed in their older school members’ footsteps, returned back every year to help their younger schoolmates, and not only of the same school, my son and his college classmates would also, work together, to help the high school students in the Yunling, Chiayi areas to the highest, the topnotch universities in Taiwan too.

Later I’d asked my son, why did he do this much?  He’d said, that the countryside doesn’t have as much resources as in the cities, if because of their helping out, the kids from the countryside can, have the opportunities to get into the more prestigious universities, wouldn’t that be, amazing?  Hearing this, I’d found, that my son has, grown up, knew to trace to the origins, willing to help others, this would make me happier, than his, making the good grades.

This shows, how the cycle of kindness, can also, snowball, with the previous generations of graduates, coming back to the high school to help the graduating students prepare for their, entrance college interviews, giving them tips, helping them get into the majors of their choices, now, these younger school members, are, paying it forward, because they were, shown the kindness, by the previous generations of graduates, that’s why, they’re now, more than willing, to give back too.

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The Help that Came, on Time

Blessings of day-to-day life, acts of kindness, from stranger, on her trip to the local marketplaces, translated…

Went to the Fuhe early market places to shop, dragged along a basket full of vegetables, fishes, fruits, as I hauled onward, there was, that feeling of, I can’t go any further, then came, “Miss, Miss, you’d lost a wheel on your cart!”

Turned around to look, a man in a red jacket, picked up that tiny wheel, called out to me loudly.  Ahhhh!  How will I, drag these, over ten kilograms’ worth of groceries home?  I’d taken the wheel from the man, stood dumbfounded, not knowing, how I would be able to, do it, suddenly, an older woman with silvery her took out a tiny pin from her purse, told me, “try this!”

a cart full of groceries like this…

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She’d, placed the needle of the pin through the wheel of my shopping basket, put the padding across, then, placed that needle of the pin through the holes, and, it’d, worked, steadied the wheel in its place, so my shopping basket doesn’t, fall, apart.  I’d, pressed my cart to lower it to tilt, the smaller wheel wasn’t used anymore, and I was able to, haul my cart full of groceries home using those two larger wheels.

I’m more than grateful for the man who’d caught my wheel as it’d rolled off, along with the older woman who’d given me that pin, with their helps, I was able to, successfully, get my cart’s worth of groceries, home.

This still showed, how easy it is, to offer the help that someone needs to them, and, by the random acts of kindness shown to this woman, this woman was able to find something wonderful in her day, and I’m sure, she’d become, infected too, with that sense of help, that she would be more than likely, to help someone else in need, at a later time when she comes across someone else who’s, in need of, assistance.

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The Story of Love & Giving: a Pair of Young Siblings Pulled Money from Their Own Allowances to Donate to Buy 10,000 Masks Used for Medical Purposes in Defenses Against MERS-CoV

Finally, a little bit of sunshine, that came through, these, dark clouds we’re, currently, living under right now!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

“My older brother and I put up our allowances, to buy 10,000 protective masks, hoping that our masks can help Mayor Hou and those working as the frontline defense, the medical workers.”

The Good-Day Compassion Platform set up by the government of Hsinbei City, received the 10,000 donated certified masks for medical personnel by a pair of elementary school young siblings, they’d saved up all of their allowances for too long to buy, and given these masks to the frontline medical workers.

like these…

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packages of love and care and kindness! Photo from online

The young children also wrote a letter to the mayor by hand, said that they will be onboard in the fight, and that they will defeat the virus together, their childish words are, so very, heartwarming, made a lot of the members of the public moved.

The head of Social Services of Hsinbei City, Chang shared this noe, other than mentioning of how the young child and her older brother used their allowances to buy the protective masks for the medical workers, it’d also mentioned how they’d finally noted how wonderful freedom is, after they started schooling at home and being kept away from all their friends” and, “I know that the defense against the outbreaks are a war, I’m glad to be helping the mayor, pulling in our share, let’s hold hands together, and, defeat CoVid-19.” At the end of the letter, the children drew a bit hand with a smaller hand, and wrote, “if we work together, we shall, conquer anything!”

Hou told, that the two children are truly, cute, that they’d mentioned to him to call them back after he’d received the donated masks, because they’re afraid that their uncle who was in need of money, will take the money for himself, the childish words of these children, it’d made Hou feel heartwarming, he’d thanked these two elementary age young children personally.  The accumulated donations are up to $36.964 million N.T.s to date on the platform currently.

So, this showed, how much these young children cared, and if children showed so much care for others not themselves, shouldn’t we, adults take their examples to follow too?  This is a truly, heartwarming story here.

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Grandpa Fried Dumplings

How the cycle of kindness still started with just one person, and gets, passed down to many others, how kindness, multiplied…translated…

Before I’d learned of his story, I’d just thought he was, quick on his feet and hands, year round, he’d sold off the fried dumplings from his stand.  He’s the last generation of soldiers, in his teens, worked in the fields, then he was, drafted to work in the armed services, and came to Taiwan, as the war was over, all of his fellow servicemen all married and had babies, but he’d been alone, to this, very day.

There was a frying pan on his small cart, with the fillings, a bottle of cooking oil, a tiny jar of chili, and two shiny trays.  At two in the afternoon, he’d shown like clockwork, put the fried dumplings he’d made in the frying pans, put the lid on, then, started making the second batch.  As the first batch got cooked, he’d placed in the second, and continued to fry them.  As school let out, there would be the students standing around, waiting for the food, he’d not hurried at all, carefully, made the dumplings, to perfection.

an elderly man like this…

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In the past as I’d gone back home I’d seen him, and wondered, if he was under some sorts of economical pressures, otherwise, why would he still operate that fried dumplings stand at the age of eighties or nineties?  Until one day, I saw my coworker, chatting with the man.

Later on, my coworker told me, that after the September 21st earthquakes, she’d lost her families, as a young child, she was sent into an orphanage, and stayed there for a couple of years, and that Grandpa Fried Dumpling was the man who’d, adopted her.  As she’d left the orphanage, other than donating half of her monthly wages back to the orphanage, she’d often visited Grandpa Fried Dumpling too, thanked him for raising her.  Grandpa Fried Dumpling has a ton of compassion, with a small cart, he’d, sponsored a ton of children.

After I’d learned of this, I’d, held the elderly man in even higher regards.  Thought about how he’d left his hometown, to come to Taiwan, how he’d, given his life, to this land.  For over decades, with the fried dumplings he’d made, sponsored many children.  And, as these children grow up, they’d, carried forth his kindness, passing the love own too…………

And ever since, whenever I’d passed by the local area, I’d, made my way, to greet Grandpa Fried Dumpling.  And he would always act as he’d always done, nodded to acknowledge me, with his lips, curling upward.

And so, this, is a very touching story, of how this man worked hard, saved up the money, and gave back to the community, sponsored children who didn’t have anybody else, and the children he’d, sponsored all inherited his kindness, and kept, paying it forward.

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The Heart of Shijr, Bringing Warmth to Thousands of Children from Lesser Backgrounds

The kindness that’s shining through right now, off of the Newspapers, translated…

There are, a lot of residents who live in the distant mountain regions in Shijr, Hsinbei City, Liu who originally owned and operated a small diner set up the “Heart & Soul of Shijr”, set up food banks at the local substations, and worked side-by-side with TSMC charitable foundations, and rented the spaces to give to the elderly population who live alone, taking care of residents from ages zero to a hundred, since it’s start up back in 2014, the services offered assistance to over thousands of individuals.

Liu was originally an owner of a restaurant, and by chance, he’d found that there were, a lot of families on the lower end of the socioeconomic status in Shijr, who had troubles, getting a full meal provided to them, he’d called out to the local diners, restaurants, to help provide the meals for these families, at first, the services made the meal deliveries, and later he’d found, that the police department was the first to know about these families in trying times, and so, he’d worked with the Hsinbei City Police Department, at the substation in Shijr, he’d set up the food bank, and when the locals are having a hard time, the stations are able to provide the needed foods, Liu hoped to set up the afterschool program to help the children, and the TMSC Charities found him, and provided the funding for the equipment needed, and the local residents also started donating the foods, the money, the clothes as well, and the foundation sorted through the donated clothes, foods, and related items, and donate them to those in need.

汐止心汐止情成立課陪中心,每天都有小朋友放學後到此學習。記者張睿廷/攝影
the center that’s set up, for the children to have a place to go when their parents are away, at work…photo courtesy of UDN.com

Liu stated, that the afterschool homework help center’s purpose was to give the children from single-parent, cross-generation families, children who don’t have that much adult attention to go into, so they don’t get into the gangs, or get into contact with the illegal substances, currently, there are about twenty children who are being counseled by the center that he’d helped set up.

Liu stated, that in the future, he is to work even harder, hoping to look after more children in need, so the society can see the foundation’s work, to attract more volunteers who are willing, and able to, offer assistance to those on the lower end of the socioeconomic status, to help them improve their lives for the better.

And so, this, is good work that this man had, started, he’d not just, handed the money to the families in need, instead, he’d given the families, a more, practical sort of help, providing the children from the lesser backgrounds a center to stay in, while the parents worked, so they don’t get involved with the wrong crowds, and go down the wrong paths in life, the foundation also offered the assistance that those on the lower end of the socioeconomic statuses are in need of, with the food banks, set up in the local stations, and this, is what charitable acts are all about, providing the practical help that those in need required, and NOT just soliciting donations of money.

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Point of Origin

One small act of kindness, and how it, generates, into, more and more, acts of kindness, affecting the individual on the receiving end of that kindness at first, then, expand outward, into the world, it all starts, with something tiny here!  Translated…

There’s a tiny sea turtle pin that I own, gold in color, about three, to four centimeters in size, it’s normally, kept inside that wooden box by the headboards of my bed, like it was, some sort of an heirloom, only on the special occasions, would I use it.  Because this sea turtle pin gave me the courage, to get up on stage.

Remembering back in college, my appointing professor had me stand in as the announcer of an international conference, to introduce all the sea turtle experts from in and out of the country, one of the lecturer from Hawaii saw that I was nervous, as I’d confirmed with him on the pronunciation of his name, he’d, especially, slowed down his speaking speed, and used the simple words in English, “don’t worry, you will, do well!  You’re still young, there are many more opportunities for you to get on stage in your future!”, then, he’d, handed me, this sea turtle pin, for it to wear it on my coat.

And, can’t imagine, that many years later, I’d, become, a lecturer of advocate of ocean environmental protection, while this lecturer, whom I’d called, “Grandpa Sea Turtle”, he’d become, my friend, and mentor too.  And even now, this sea turtle pin, was not only an item that brought me good luck, it was, also, a reminder.  Reminding me of the truly important things in my life, that the purpose of it all, is to, make someone feel good, comfortable, the kindness too tiny to take a note of, that is, the most, precious, gift we can, give to, one another.

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like this, how an act can create, a huge, ripple! from online

And so, this, is on how someone noted how nervous you were about making the speech, and offered you that peace of mind, to help you relax, and, you’re now, passing this cycle of kindness that was, once, shown to you, because the important thing in life is, making a tiny difference in the lives, of others.

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He’d Raised the Funds for Two Thousand Packed Meals, Feeling Bad Over How Children from Lesser Backgrounds are Starving

This man saw the needs of a young child, and, provided the needed goods to help make this child’s life, easier, off of the Newspapers, translated…

Many years ago, the story of the five siblings, the Weis “sharing a bowl of noodle” gained the public’s attention.  This winter, the Kaohsiung chapter of Taiwan Fund for Children & Families offered many families free meals, a total of two thousand lunches, and the man behind raising the funding for this is the forty-year-old Tu, he’d felt bad of how a young boy stood outside the restaurants, not going away, and made his wish, to help the children in poverty stricken homes to have at least, enough food in their, stomachs.

In mid last year, Tu went to Gangshan, Kaohsiung to visit a friend, he was in a diner having a meal, when there was a thin young boy, looking at the menu, and not moving away.  Later, the owner of the shop told him, that he’d seen the boy more than once, that he’d just, come by, flipped through the menu outside, then, left, that perhaps he couldn’t afford the items that was why he’d not dared, come into the diner.

涂新一被小孩吃不起簡餐的情境觸動惻隱之心,號召捐贈2千個便當給弱勢家庭。記者徐白櫻/攝影
the lunch the man donated to charity, to help feed the children in need! Photo courtesy of UDN.com

“How can someone not afford a one-hundred-dollar simple meal or a sixty-dollar packed lunch?”, Tu was filled with questions then, and it’d, gotten his empathy.  At the start of this year, he’d, gotten together with a group of friends, and, donated two thousand packed meals to the Taiwan Fund for Families and Children, so children can have the foods in their, stomachs.

Awhile ago, on the lunch box donation, that young boy and his older brother showed up, Tu never imagined, that he actually, offered, physical help to the child who was in need.  On the second day that winter vacation started, Tu drove to Gangshan in his spare time from work, and, rushed to help delivered the packed lunches with the workers in the restaurants.

And, Tu also extended his cares and concerns to Liugui’s “Neboon Chorus” the native students, to help them raise the funding so they can go around for the tours.  He’d said, “seeing those children’s faces smile, that, was the best sort of feedback for me.”

And so, this man noticed a need, and, acted on it, and he’d, influenced those around him, to come onboard in helping these children from lesser backgrounds out, and, even though he is only one person, but he’d, already, exerted, such, a huge, difference in the lives of children.

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The Warmth of that Halo from an Angel

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volunteer companion for the elderly here, photo from online

Grateful toward the volunteers at the hospital, for helping you with your father’s, final passage of life, and now, you hoped to, pass that same kindness onward too, translated…

He’d Asked Me to Think Hard on the Matter, So I Don’t Have Any Regrets, Those Eyes, Peaceful as the Oceans without the Waves, Reflected the Gentle Light of the Moon, and They’d Understood, All My Worries, My Considerations………..

After reading Mr. Zheng-Hsiung Hsu’s “I Volunteer at the E.R.”, my mind was pulled back to the E.R. of the hospital twelve years ago.  Back then, it was just the beginning of the springtime, the sunshine outside was warming, while my heart, my mind was, experiencing the sleet, the snow, the hail, it’d felt like my world was, crumbling down.

I Am, Making the Right Decisions, aren’t I?

My dear dad was diagnosed with liver cancer, he was eighty-five years old, weakened in his physical health, and mildly, demented too, he’d slept, longer than he was, awake, and it didn’t look good.  As we waited for the hospital room to become available, the doctor asked, “if”, and would I want to resuscitate him?  He’d told me to think on the matter thoroughly, so I won’t have any regrets in the futures, his eyes, peaceful like the oceans without the waves, reflected the gentle rays of the moon, and made me felt that he’d, understood what I was, faced with.

There was the bed that became available in the hospice, I’d taken all our belongings, and an unsettled heart, I’d, wheeled my father, to the place, closest to heaven on earth.  After I’d settled my father in, the nurse, after filling out the forms, left temporarily.  That bed was next to the window, it’d, allowed me to see the blue skies and the moon, to tell if it was night or day; I’d, pull back the curtains, and, this was, the tiny world that belonged to just my father and I.  I’d turned on the T.V., and, switched to Animal Planet, my father’s eyes opened up, and he’d started speaking, “bear!” yes, there was, an American black bear on.

In the sleep and wake of close to twenty days, my father spoke, for the very, first time, I suppose, I’d, made the, right decisions by him then?

The following day after the doctors made the rounds, there was a petit volunteer who’d, led me to familiarize myself with the surrounding environment, but I’d, looked over at my father in the bed, became, hesitant, not wanted to leave his side.  “Don’t worry, your father won’t disappear, it’s a secure place, there are some equipment that you can take him to use, there’s also, an aerial courtyard on the sixth floor, you can wheel your father in the afternoons for some sun.”  She’d patted my shoulders, given me a smile, and I saw two dimples came onto her cheeks.

I’d followed close by her side, as she’d, taken me on that walk-through.  Passing the nurse’s stations, she’d pointed to the tea keg, told, “every morning the volunteers would bring in a fresh brew of tea, you can get some here, and you can soak the teas in the sponges and brush your father’s teeth with it too, it’ll make him feel a whole lot better, having fresh breaths, he’ll surely, have an appetite for food then!”  We’d walked past a huge aquarium, cute Nemo swam in-between the sea anemones, “this tank is Gu’s territory, the young girl, Lin in the next room to your father’s, is a huge fan, and she’d come, more than three times a day to look!”  Passed through the laundry room and the fridge, there was, a prayer room, a small Buddhist shrine, “when you can’t handle it anymore, and not wanted to tell anyone, just come in here!”  The Goddess of Mercy, Jesus Christ, do tell the cancer cells in your father’s systems, that we’re not, trying to kill them, but, please, don’t torture dad, and just, coexist in peace with him.

We’d arrived to the lobby then, the black couch separated the space, on the right, there’s the T.V., the shelves for books, newspapers, and magazines, the corner by the window had the foot massage machines, and the exercise bike, the massage chair, on the left, a simple kitchen, and tale, on the kitchen counters, the food processer, and the Datong rice cooker.  “This is Wang’s area, everything you see is donated by the volunteers, you can use it at your will, just clean them up after you used them, and put the items back where you find them”.  I’d decided, to make some juices for dad then.

She’d continued, “if your dad can’t come over here, then, you can borrow the foot massage and take it back to his hospital room to use.  This couch is quite comfortable, when your families come, you can come here for a short nap, or have your meals here, you’ll feel more at home.”  Her explaining everything was warm, and it’d, energized me, and my heart felt, comforted.

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She’d Given My Father the Courage to Return Home

That aerial courtyard became a small piece of heaven that my father and I shared, we’d gazed up at the blue skies, the white clouds, watching the butterflies danced, the fish in the lotus pond, and, I noted how that flower started, blooming upward, from the corner of, my father’s, lips.  I’d wondered, would I be, asking too much, if the days just go on like this, forever?

In about a month, my father became, stabilized, the feeding tubes, the catheter, and the drips were all, removed.  The nurses asked, “would you like to take your father home?”, of course I do, but, at home, there’s not the medical profession staff members as back up, and I’d, worried that there might be situations that I couldn’t, handle on my own—oh, I’m so very afraid, that my father would, start, coughing up blood again.

And I was, caught, in this battle once more.  The following day, the volunteer took me to the couch for a chit chat, “you’d taken good care of your father these past few weeks, he would wish to return home, where he’d felt, familiar in, with the families around him.  The nurses’ station will offer the 24-hour support calls, the nurses of the hospice program will visit your home by the week, don’t be afraid, you can, check your father back in if something were to, happen.  I’m sure, that your father will help you out, he does, feel for you, he will, find ways, to encourage you.”  She’d, spoken out my fears, and, gave me the courage to, take dad home.

We’d not returned into the hospital again.  On a weekend supper a month later, he’d opened up those bright eyes wide, and, looked at us deeply for one last time, then, headed up to heaven, to accompany our, grandparents.

I want to say thank you to the men and women who volunteered at the hospital, for giving us that light in the darkness we desperately, needed.  And, when the time comes, I too, shall become, a light for those who are, lost in the darkness, thank you.

And so, this is how kindness gets, passed on down, because you’d, received the emotional support you were in need of during your father’s hospitalization, and the words of the volunteer, helped you cope with your father’s conditions, and as you are, finally healed from the loss of your own father, you plan to, give back to the community, just like these hospital volunteers had done too, passing along, that sense of helping others, that kindness along.

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January 17, 2021 · 5:28 am

He’d Opened up a Bookstore, to Offer Free Tutoring, Squandered Away Tens of Millions of His Own Retirement Funds

This man saw a need, and, started, providing the services to the students in poverty stricken homes, helping them succeed in school, so they can, turn their own lives, around, off of the Newspapers, translated…

The former manager of the second World Trade Building, Huang after retirement, returned back to his hometown of Minhsiung, Chiayi to open up a used bookstore, giving free tutoring session to students who can’t afford to get the tutoring, and provided them with a free supper, and it’d continued for a decade now, he’d, spent up all of his retirement pension already, but is still, enjoying giving back, and his never stop helping spirit moved the outside world, and the world offered the needed resources to keep the programs going.

Huang said, that retiring, returning back home was his thought of looking after his aging parents, and, opening up a secondhand bookstore was his dreams when he worked, as the director of the second world trade building, in 2009 at the international bookshow, he’d found, that there were a ton of younger generations that are seeking out the extra information, but his hometown of Minhsiung didn’t even have a secondhand bookstore.

To give back to his hometown, Huang set up the secondhand bookstore, but, he’d used the bookstore as a “falsified front”, he’d estimated, that the shop earned, less than $5,000N.T. a month from selling the used books, and other than the shop being a free reading space for the children who are from poverty stricken homes, Huang hoped, to help the students improve on their grades, and started setting up the cram sessions to teach them how to study.

photo of the man at the study program he’d set up for the students in his local region, courtesy of UDN.com

台北世貿二館前館長黃金山退休後返民雄,花光千萬退休金成立二手書店,還免費課輔。記者莊祖銘/攝影

The originally one-on-many tutoring showed almost NO progress, he’ offered the one on one, one on two, the smaller classes, he’d estimated that it’d cost anywhere from thirty thousand to four million dollars, then yet, the students who came to his program started from just more than a dozen to more than 170, he’d offered the tutoring services, and, the scholarship moneys, the meal plans, it’d, already, spent up his over millions of dollars in retirement funds.

In truth, most of the money Huang spent was on paying for the suppers of the students, the students from the poverty stricken backgrounds, arrived to the study sessions at his bookstore, “I can’t make them starve through the sessions”, and so, he’d provided the suppers for free, the snacks, as well as the drinks too, and on average, he’d spent over $110,000N.T. by the month.

There is a total of 158 students who are in the study session programs this semester, and there are the volunteer tutors of 250 people, and, every time the bookstore hands out over $60,000N.T. in scholarship money at the sectional exams in school, and, whenever the students improved in their grades, scholarship money would be awarded too, currently, the center had helped turned over 2,000 students’ lives around.

And so, this man has a vision, and, he’d, started, offering the services, because he saw a need, and it didn’t matter, if he ran out of money, or if he’s short on money, he will, keep this program going, because he knew, that offering these students from poverty stricken backgrounds an education, is the only way that can help them turn their own lives, around, so he will, keep on, doing this.

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