| Jan 10, 2022
Community Sharing Refrigerator, Sharing Love
"I want to do the service of Community Refrigerator!" Pastor Su agreed without hesitation after listening to the social worker's explanation of the Mustard Seed Mission's Community Sharing Refrigerator service.
There are relatively few job opportunities in Zhutian Township. Young and middle-aged people choose to work in other places; only the elderly and children stay. Here, parents usually only give their children very little pocket money for daily meals purchase. A middle school student in the church only got 120TWD (4.5USD) from her mother to live on for four days. After hearing this, the pastor brought her several packs of instant noodles and biscuits. On Sunday, the pastor shared the situation with the members. Some members took some rice, eggs and other food to help this girl. Thinking of these circumstances, the pastor could only smile amusingly.
According to a research report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about one-third of the world's food produced is discarded every year, and Taiwan also wastes nearly 3.73 million tons of extra food every year. There is so much food left every year, but "hunger" is still happening.
The pastor smiled happily: "I was just thinking if there is a steady food bank, she can go and get food anytime. Unexpectedly, you were coming the way I hope!"
Pastor Su agrees with the service of the community sharing refrigerator, and he can't wait to take us to survey the location. As soon the door was opened, one was greeted by the festive Hakka floral wallpaper. When he pointed to the location near the door, planned the size of the refrigerator with his hand, and discussed the objects to be served, we felt warm in our hearts like seeing a big love in such a small place!
Discussing the suitable location for placing MSM Community Sharing Refrigerator
The purpose of the Mustard Seed Mission Community Sharing Refrigerator is to uphold the spirit of not wasting resources, and to properly use the materials provided by community residents and caring stores to achieve the community's vision of self-help, mutual assistance, and mutual benefit.
Two months later, a community sharing refrigerator was launched, and the Zhutian Church was busy working hard for the welfare of the community. During the week of the trial operation, the pastor drove to Pingtung City to collect the supplies provided by the caring stores, and returned to the church. The volunteers carefully distributed them evenly for the convenience of the people to collect them. Then, they put labels on them to remind the receivers how to save and pay attention to the expiry date of the materials. On the day of the first distribution, the people lined up in an orderly manner, filled in the information, and waited to receive the supplies. When the people got the supplies, they kept saying "thank you". Though the people's smiles were hidden by masks, the volunteers felt the joy and warmth in their voices. Pastor Su sighed and said, "Some families in the community really need the service of sharing refrigerators."
Each material is carefully packed and labeled
"Community Sharing Refrigerator" is not just a refrigerator for donated food, it is a warm and loving action gathering place for people in the community to contribute as they can and get help according to their needs. At present, due to the severe epidemic situation, the government has issued a warning. The church was once worried that it would cause clusters and suspended the refrigerator service. The official opening ceremony was also postponed due to the epidemic. Love will continue to spread in Zhutian.
Looking forward to the service of Community Sharing Refrigerator to continue spreading love in Zhutian after the lift of lockdown