A Tzu Chi volunteer interacting with a client.
St. Maarten News —St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers continued to spread cheer to St. Martin’s Home clients during their most recent visit on Sunday, June 26. The Foundation said in a press release that 12 volunteers, including four new ones, visited the home to pamper and give loving care to the seniors.
Tzu Chi held a meeting two days before the visit to introduce the new volunteers to the foundation and to have a brief training with them on the foundation’s approach during its monthly visits. “The new volunteers were enthusiastic, very active and engaged with the serious in a very positive and rewarding manner. They were good listeners and they gave Tzu Chi’s special “royal treatment” to the seniors by helping to massage the seniors, change their nail polish and do some minor hand exercises. During the visit one volunteer consoled and stayed a bit longer with an emotional senior who was encountering some personal issues,” the foundation said.
The Foundation members even performed the sign language song “Three Nos,” which sends a positive message that there should be no one in the world a person, should not love, trust and forgive. “Let go of all the sorrow, pain and worry, may this great love fill the world through all of the time for the ending,” the song says.
According to the Foundation, at the end of the visit, the seasoned volunteers as well as the new ones – Rissa Proctor, Josianne Artsen, Ashanti van Heyningen and Rose Frans – expressed their gratitude for having an opportunity to accompany Tzu Chi on the visit and getting a chance to help pamper the seniors.
Source: Today SXM Tzu Chi volunteers visit seniors at St. Martin Home