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Passing the Kindness Along

Being kind to someone else in need, how one act of kindness, generates itself, turns into more acts of kindness that gets, passed around, translated…

At the start of summer, the early mornings in Taipei is still a bit cooled, I was wearing a long-sleeve shirt, waiting all on my own, at the bus stop.  It was about 6:30, almost no one else was on the streets, and, every now and then, the passing of the cars, broke the silence of the streets.

A homeless man, who looked very dirty, with the torn shirt sleeve shirt came to the bus stop, with a dirty linen bag on him, perhaps, it’d contained, everything he’d owned?  He got on the bus as I had, not long thereafter, the bus stopped at the light, the driver suddenly got out of his seat, walked toward the homeless man, told him, “your mask is dirty, you need a brand new one!”, then, handed the man two brand new masks, the homeless man was stunned, didn’t know how to respond, while I was, touched by the driver’s kindness, so, the driver pays attention to all who alighted his bus.

At this time when the pandemic is running high, as everybody was standing in line, trying to get the ration of the quick scan kits, there may be those who don’t even have enough masks to change out of, for most, these masks are use-and-toss, but for the homeless, it’s a precious resource.  And, my heart felt heavy up to here, what, can I do?

So I’d, opened up my pack, and, puled out all the spare masks from my bag, and before I got off the bus, I’d, handed all of it to that homeless man, he was thrilled, then, nodded toward me, and I’d, waved goodbye to him, and, silently prayed, that everything will be okay for him.

And so, this is how the bus driver’s kindness toward the homeless man, had generated the thought of kindness in this person, and, this person realized that s/he had more than enough of what s/he was in need of, and, gave it to the homeless man who is lacking in the supplies to protect himself against contracting MERS-CoV.

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He Grew Up in Poverty, and Now, Gives to the Poor, Huang Fixed Up the Stays of Those Who Live in Poverty Now

Grown up in poverty, that’s why, he could understand those who are living in poverty-stricken means even more, which drove him to help those in need out, kindness in the world here, off of the Newspapers, translated…

The leader of the Goodwill Group of Hengshen Foundation Changwha Chapter’s Fifth Group, Huang, due to being raised in poverty stricken means, he’d started working after his final year of middle school, after we got married, he’d used his hardworking means, his ingenuity, and started up a business, with no money to begin with, from taking on the cases of the government’s helping the low income families to fix up their roofs, it’d sparked up his desires of one day, giving back to the communities, and now, he’d spent over millions of dollars in helping those in economic hardships to fix up their homes, and he’d described that he has a “heart of joy” in so doing.

At fifty-seven, Huang has a total of nine siblings, his father was a long-term employee of a rich family, his mother worked odds and ends, and the family was listed as a “Level A poverty family (what’s low-income household currently), his fourth eldest brother graduated first of his middle school class in Beidou, but because of his families’ poverty stricken means, couldn’t afford to get higher in his education, and he’d watched and followed his older brother’s lead, dropped out of school, and got an apprenticeship at a bakery, at age twenty-six, he’d set up a construction company, and build the steel shack homes for a living.

In 1994, there was a mother who was sterilizing a bottle that’s caused a fire in Er-Lin Township, Huang immediately got involved in the social welfare group to help out, and that was the very first time he’d helped rebuilt a home for someone who can’t afford to do so, and because of the high quality of work of the group, and the goodwill group reached a consensus, they’d started helping those in need in the communities, and in the process of volunteering, he bore witness to the sorrows of living at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.

He said, he saw an eighty-six-year-old blind elderly with multiple disabilities, living in an old home without the electricity nor the water, the relatives went to pick up his government assistance money of $30,000N.T. a month, but only provided the person with a meal a day, and not helped him sort through his living environment at all.

the photo of the man

with his construction truck, going around locally, to help those in need fix up their homes, coutresy of UDN.com

He also saw so many families that couldn’t get the help that they needed, and those who had a lot, but pretended to be poor, he’d believed, that the social welfare foundations needed to examine the cases that came to them carefully, and hoped that the representatives don’t fear that they may offend the people they represented, and give the empty promises out, knowing that they don’t qualify for the assistance, and still promised to deliver, referred these individuals to the welfare groups, causing them the troubles.

Huang told, that he’d worked in the nonprofit organizations for thirty one years, and already knew that the number of those in the lower end of the socioeconomic status is increasing, that on the one end, it has to do with the structures of the industries, and, another due to how those who live on assistance grew reliant on the assistance given to them, he’d encountered the “lazy and refusing to work”, and he’d, turned those away immediately, to not waste away the goodwill of those who’d donated.

“It’s better to give than to receive” Huang told his children often, that even if it’s just because of one’s laziness, and not earned enough money, and asking for handouts, as the handouts were given, the individuals will get looked down on, that they will have a difficult time, reestablishing themselves in the world.  That those who are positive in attitude, who are hard working, will gain more and more positive energies around them, and, the health will improve, and, everything will get better for the person.

And so, this is on how this man grew up hard, and started helping those in need out after he was able to, giving back to the communities, and he’d realized, that there are those who just wanted to cheat the kindness from those who are willing to help out, and he’d, stopped giving to those, and what he is doing is amazing, instilling the right values in his own children, and helping those who are really in need.

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With the Help of Connection of a Local Bagel Shop, the Children Out of Broken Homes Found Employment, to Start Their Lives, on a Brand New Page

Finally, some, good news, the good will of the people who’d, set up this shop, with the wills to help those who lost their support from their own families, a social enterprise, off of the Newspapers, translated…

The bagel shop “Good Trees Better Fruits” in Pingzhen, Taoyuan, the founders, the married couple Huang and Chen, through the bagels that they sold, they’d connected with the younger generations of fragile families, hoping their cares and concerns can make them feel more encouraged and loved, to help them find a way to show off their values of life; all the workers, the manager, the pastry chef of the shop are all under age thirty, they’d turned the shop into their home away from home, and found their point to begin again in their own separate, lives.

The bagels of the shop were on display, from the selecting of the ingredients, the kneading of the dough, the fermenting of the dough, the baking, the setting the dough to better appearances, every step to make the bagels are thoroughly thought and planned out.

the founder on the left, Chen, with the store manager, Huang, photo courtesy of UDN.com

Huang’s belief was using the bagels, to turn the stories of life of his team of employees, into the blessing for someone else.  And now, the couple not only owned and operated the bagel shop, they’d also started up a foundation, “The Tree of Life Leadership Organization of Taoyuan”, to help the younger generations to start up their own businesses, to help them get employment.

Recalling how back in 2019, they’d started from the tiny warehouse space as a shop, Chen recalled, how they’d lacked the funding, no connections, let alone, a shopfront, and every day, he’d worried of not getting what he’d made sold completely; thankfully due to the online business means, along with how the reputation of the shop is being set up, they’d gone against the flow, and made their business a success.

The store manager, Huang, due to problems in his family was forced to separate from his own parents, and at his worst, he’d not had enough money to pay for his rent, his utilities, and bought the nearing expiration date items as food.  Another young store manager, Lai, her parents were addicts, in and out of prison a lot, with nobody she could rely on after her grandmother passed away.  There were also the baker who’d served five years in prison due to gang relations, the mother of three who’d lacked the self-confidence, the baker who’d started on his own since before age twenty, they’d all found their brand new start in life at “Good Trees, Better Fruits”.

And so, this is the heart of this young couple, who saw a need of the younger generations, and gave them a place to work, to use their own abilities to make a living for themselves, and this shop offered its employees a brand new start on life, gave them another chance to begin anew in their own separate lives.

This is a good shop, with the beliefs of operations in helping others find their way!

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