Sun made about 40kgs of dumplings for the workers because she knew they needed it more than her.
There's nothing kinder than looking out for those who are less fortunate than you. This girl from Henan province in China celebrated her Winter Solstice Festival with manual workers and served free dumplings to make the festival extra special for them. Sun Menglu, a 14-year-old has been doing this for the last six years. She uses her pocket money to make dumplings for the manual workers, as reported by South China Morning Post.
The Winter Solstice, or Dongzhi Festival, is an annual event in China and other parts of Asia, which happens between December 21 and December 23. It is a tradition to have dumplings at family reunion dinners during the festival. Sun made about 40kgs of dumplings in a video and it went viral with more than 16 million views on Weibo. She said, “These grandpas and grandmas insist on cleaning the street no matter how bad the weather is. They work so hard! So I want to send them dumplings.” She boiled the dumplings in a large pot on the street outside her father’s noodle restaurant. Several street cleaners in bright orange uniforms stood in a queue in front of the steaming pot, waiting for their free dumplings.
Sun said while serving the dumplings, “Happy Winter Solstice!” and added, “Everyone can eat as many as they want until they are full.”
The street cleaners and other workers were thankful for the free meals. “It’s so delicious,” said one worker. The video in which the girl was serving “love dumplings” was dubbed by some internet users. It was shared by several social media users as they appreciated the girl for her generosity. A user wrote, “She is so kind. Her parents have done a good job raising her.” Another said: “It’s so amazing that the girl has done this for six years.”
In another story about generosity, Rhiannon Menn started her initiative for San Diego moms to help them with cooking or anything else during the pandemic. She had her first few deliveries, bringing lasagna "to mamas who are struggling right now either because of lost income, lost childcare, or another reason having to do with coronavirus." She didn’t realize how quickly the initiative would gain attention nationwide. Now, her organization Lasagna Love has touched millions of lives and her goal is the kindness of a simple home-cooked meal delivered to one's home. "Our mission is simple: feed families, spread kindness, and strengthen communities," the website reads.
She started the initiative on May 29, 2020. By November, more than 4000 people and volunteers were in every US state. Moreover, the organization has provided 250,000 batches of Lasagna in two years and has also started a merchandise store. Their website reads, "We believe that kindness, however big or small, is the key to strengthening our communities." Menn agreed and said that it is more than just providing meals. “Making a lasagna and dropping it off at someone’s door, contactless? That’s easy, and it feels safe. We’re already cooking, so why not make a little extra?” she explained. “Besides, that one-on-one connection – even with a stranger – is something I think we’re all craving right now.