惠顿高中学生为武汉疫情义卖


Few of us can do great things, but all of us can do small things with great love.

– Mother Teresa

我们当中极少数人能做伟大的事情,但是每个人都可以用崇高的爱去做平凡的事。

-特蕾莎修女

2020年注定是一个让人难以忘记的一年。

今年的春节来得特别地早。学校特别允许中国学生们在中国过除夕和初一,推迟一个星期左右回学校报到。在学生们预定陆续返校的前三天,我们在美国的媒体上注意到了有关新冠病毒的报道。第一时间,我们和国内的家长们取得了联系,确认所有的学生们在假期中都没有前往武汉的旅行史,并且请学生们在搭乘飞机时注意佩戴口罩。让我们非常感恩的是,每一位同学都顺利按时抵达芝加哥,并且在最初的14天内没有任何中国学生出现发烧、咳嗽等症状。

同学们陆续抵达惠顿高中以后,Kairos国际学生学生会立即开展讨论:“作为一名学生,当我们面对灾难的时候,我们可以做一些什么?” 我们的学生们做了两个很重要的决定。首先,同学们决定接受惠顿高中电视台的的采访,向全校的同学们从一个很客观的角度介绍新冠病毒和当时他们在国内了解的一些情况。然后,同学们决定通过义卖的形式为武汉筹款,捐赠物资。

国际学生的这些提议得到了全校学生非常良好的响应。Kairos国际学生学生会的几位学生代表在课后去超市采购了制作奶茶的原料和一些亚洲零食,然后用两天的时间在校园中开展义卖。他们最终筹得582.22美元,在网络上购买了50套防护服,通过在内珀维尔的一个捐赠中心,把这些物资送往国内。

国际生Eva和Jessica不仅筹划了这个特别的义卖会,还在学校组织了学生为中国的医护人员写下鼓励的话。

同学们秉持一种爱和信念来完成这一件事情。50件防护服,也许非常微不足道,但是他们用行动表达爱的方式是非常有勇气的,并且值得肯定和鼓励。

本文经惠顿高中的授权而报道

全国爱邻服务日

 

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缘起

Vicina, 一个致力于带动在美国的华人青少年(ABC和留学生)服务社会的主意,萌芽于新冠状肺炎猖狂的时刻。

当新冠状肺炎危及几千万人民的健康和安全的时候,海外华人纷纷行动起来,在很短的时间内捐钱、购买物资,又想方设法打通运输管道,把物资送到急需的医护人员手中。

作为海外华人,在家乡有难的时候伸出援助的手,是我们义不容辞的事情。但当我们把货架上的口罩都买完了的时候,自然也会对所在社区发生的事情多一份关心。

新冠状肺炎所带来的恐惧也影响到了我们每一个在海外的华人。我们看见自己的同胞因为是华人,而被公开歧视的事情时有发生,以致在意大利的留学生需要用行为艺术的方式告诉路人,“我们不是病毒!”

在同心抗击新冠状肺炎的同时,我们在思考,未来我们应该如何做?

“要爱邻如己”,这是《论语》和《圣经》上的古训,几千年过去了,我们还是生活在一个个的孤岛上。难道非要等到病毒、瘟疫、洪水、火灾爆发的时候,我们才渴望走出小圈子吗?

新冠状肺炎提醒我们,我们需要做出改变!

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Wilson served Texas Baptist Children’s Home
Wilson served in New Orleans
Wilson served in New Orleans
Wilson served in New Orleans

 

Wilson served in Pecan Ridge Memorial Care

How Serving Others Has Changed My Perspective


This blog originally was published on Premier Education Partner’s website, authored by Emily Everswick.

Where are you from in China?

I am from Guangzhou, near Hong Kong. My dad and mom both work there, and I am an only child. My dad owns a hotel chain management company. My mom is in investment management, and she works for Lions Club International, as well. I live in an apartment building in China, which is very common there. In my free time, I am a songwriter and singer.

Where do you live in the United States?

I currently live in Chattanooga, TN, and go to Chattanooga Christian School there. For the last two years, I lived in Cleveland, Ohio. I had a pretty good experience there, but there is a big difference because the school in Ohio was non-religious school, and now I’m at a Christian school. I’ve made a lot more friends since I’ve moved to Tennessee.

Who is your host family?

I’m living with a pretty nice family. They have three kids. One is in my grade, and there’s one in 9th and 7th grade.  Wilson is a junior

Tell us a little bit about how you’ve been serving the community. 

My mom works for Lions Club Int. So, since sixth grade, I’ve been doing service stuff through them. I do fundraising events. I wrote and sang songs and helped raise funds for it. I also did projects visiting underprivileged families. One impoverished family had a child with severe diabetes, and they couldn’t afford the medications. We visited them and helped decide to fund schooling and medicines. We also did disaster relief, first response, blood bank promotion, and had a blood donation bus.

Since joining Premier Education, I volunteered in New Orleans over the Thanksgiving break. That area was flooded long ago, and we volunteered at a park with lakes with a water storage area in case water comes in the future it will provide disaster prevention. We helped pull vines out of the tree to help the trees not die. We also served at a community service center to help children with fun lessons. We also helped build a youth room with construction. The work was intense. I never did anything like that, but I learned a lot. It was rewarding and felt good. It was all very meaningful

On another day, we helped in a food pantry called Giving Hope. It is a non-profit organization founded by a businessman who owns car dealerships in the area. We helped organize food, and in the afternoon, people came in, and we distributed items to them. About 350 people came. I felt really tired after that. I have not stopped talking since I left that experience because it made a significant impact on me.  I said as many nice things to them as I could to the people who visited the pantry. I tried to make them feel welcome and ask them about their day and try to make them feel comfortable. I can imagine how hard their lives are, and I wanted to help them. I tried to motivate others to be kind to them, as well.

What gifts have you unexpectedly received while serving others?

I can say for sure they are not physical gifts that I have received. But I learned so much. When you severe others, you get things like sympathy and empathy of others and a heart of gold. You can’t buy any of these things with money. My view of the world has also been impacted.

What is your motivation for all of this volunteer work?

I don’t know how to express this feeling. I think that helping others is what everyone should do, but I don’t see that. It’s essential to help our society develop. If everyone loved and helped others, there wouldn’t be all these problems in the world. I’m trying to make it happen.

What would be the ultimate Christmas present this year?

My ultimate Christmas present would be to be able to provide needed water to people who need it in this world. Water can change lives.

 

“Water can change lives!”

-Wilson

Wilson, we agree with you! And our team at Premier Education is so thankful for you and your heart to help others.

“But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 4:14