This is the partial translation of an online post and comments.
The original Chinese text in full can be viewed on 晋江网友留言区
I heard Red Cross said on TV yesterday that it needed some
help. My home isn’t far from its office, so I walked there
to give them a hand. I was arranged to answer hotline calls
and do some data entry. From yesterday afternoon to this
morning throughout the night, on average I received a call
every 5 seconds, from all over the country, and many from
overseas. Most enquired about how to donate money, material
goods and blood. Some offered their cars, tools, and others
asked to join the rescue operation in the quake
areas. Many Chinese companies wanted to donate money
and products … In over ten hours when I worked on the hotline,
I was moved to tears over and over again, and I never felt
like in this time that we are all Chinese and we are so united.
I just got up from bed, my voice is still hoarse. I don’t
think I can go to answer calls today. I need to eat something
first, and I’ll continue my post after that.
You're so wonderful, I can only stay at home reading posts
and shedding tears. I've already donated some money, but
I haven't got a chance to donate my blood - the queue is
Where are you? How to be a volunteer?
接到过一位大爷的电话, 他跟我说, 你什么都不要和我说, 不管有什么困难, 我都要上一线, 30多年了, 我等这种机会,
当年唐山地震, 我是被从瓦砾堆里挖出来的, 今天我一定要上一线, 我要去救人, 哪怕没有工具给我, 只能用双手挖,
只要能帮上忙, 出上力, 能救人, 多艰苦多危险的工作都行，我年龄大了，但不老，我还有力气和身体。
I received a call from an old gentleman. He said to me:
please don't say anything, don't tell me how difficult it
might be, I just want to go to the frontline. I’ve been waited
for 30 years, I waited for my turn. I was dug out from the
rubble after the Tangshan quake, now I wanna go to safe others.
It's okay you don't have spare tools for me, I can use my
hands to do the job. I just want to do my bit to save the
lives. I am willing to do any kind of work, no matter how
tough or dangerous they are. I’m old but it doesn’t matter,
I’m still quite strong.
Of course, we can’t arrange him to join the rescue force
- only soldiers are sent to the earthquake zones, volunteers
can’t go there, even the medical staff have to stay behind.
However, compassion has passed on from one generation to
another like this.
So touching. This year we have encountered so many obstacles,
but which will only make us stronger and more united. Regardless
where we are, the descendents of the Yellow and Red emperors
are responding. It is a chance to express our love for
our nation, and our concern for our fellow countryman.
Go China, Let's rise up to the challenge.
In the evening I received a call from a cake store boss.
He enquired if quake victims need food. I said yes.
“Can I send fresh food?” he asked again.
“They have to be dry food, and must not to reach expiry
date when being distributed,” I replied.
“My shop makes cakes. Can you arrange for the cakes to be
sent to those people as soon as possible?”
“It shouldn't be a problem,” I confirmed to him.
“All right, then I'll make cakes right away. By the way,
do you need some cake-makers in the quake zone? I can make
case on site so the people can have fresh cakes to eat.”
“That might be a bit difficult,” I told him.
Shortly after that phone conversation, I received his call
again - he had made a truckload of cake overnight and sent
them in down pour rain to Chengdu warehouse before dawn.
And the cakes were so nicely made…
It somehow reminded me of some creamy cakes sold in stores.
Some store owners would make small cakes and sell them as
big ones, and some like to quarrel with customers over a
few cents. But when big disaster strikes, the bright side
of humanity shines like pure gold.
I'm so moved!
I guess you are from Chengdu, aren't you?
In the midnight, I also got a call from a peasant in Henan
(or Hebei?). He enquired about the situations in the disaster
areas and cried, asked if he could make donations. I gave
him Red Cross account number. He said: we peasants don't
have much money, I can only donate 1,000 yuans, but I have
250 kilograms of rice at home, can I also donate rice? How
should I send it to you?
I was confused at the first, and asked him to contact his
local Red Cross, but then I thought I could give him the
address of the warehouse. So I did. He asked the details
repeatedly, and wrote down the address very slowly. Such
is our simple Chinese peasants who are so kind deep down
in their hearts.
Day on Red Cross Hotline (2)
County - The Centre of Sichuan Earthquake
Day on Red Cross Hotline (2)