Hissho reached out to recent refugees from Myanmar (Burma) by providing them with Hissho Rice, and hygiene items purchased from the Core Values budget. When refugees immigrate to America, they are often left to fend for themselves after only a few short weeks. Imagine if you didn’t know the language, didn’t have transportation, and were “thrown” into a totally new environment, where all you had was a few others in the same boat.
Lost in a sea of loneliness, 23 senior refugees came together to join forces to show a unified front. This meeting was in the home of another settled immigrant from Myanmar, who graciously offered his home for this meeting. Young people in the community also came to help out by doing the translating, serving the delicious homemade chicken and rice soup prepared just for this occasion, and even showing the elderly how to use nail clippers. If you’d never seen a nail clipper, would you know what it was, or how to use it?
With essentials that we often take for granted: toilet paper, towels and wash cloths, bars of soap, small zip-lock bags filled with hotel amenities collected over time by a Hissho co-worker, and, of course, the nail clippers were all eagerly and gratefully received by each person who sat and waited so patiently for their name to be called. The 50 pound bags of rice looked bigger than many of the ones who came to “collect.” Strong young men carried it to the cars of those who volunteered to transport our guests.
After the distributions were made, we all sat together to enjoy the thick, fragrant, healthy, chicken and rice soup. I can honestly say it’s the absolute best chicken and rice soup I’ve ever had. It was probably the fact that the 6 chickens used were purchased by two Burmese Hissho co-workers from a Burmese farmer, and donated to the cause. Totally natural: no hormones, no cages! The few hours our Hissho staff spent doing these small things, were overwhelmingly beneficial for all who were there.
Many times, we need only look around our immediate vicinity to see dire needs, and if you can help make a difference, please do.