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Many a little makes a miracle, a normal and small mask becoming an inseparable protection to anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic season considered as a symbol of the compassionate spirit of overseas Vietnamese communities in the past months when their movement of making masks and giving away free spread widely in many countries.
The COVID-19 epidemic causes hazards, stresses, looses and deaths globally, but in the "dark terrible storm " of it, a bright torch seen with images of many overseas Vietnamese are willing to sacrifice their own benefits to take good actions for community health protection. Their "a little" actions light up beliefs, hopes, and also that nurtures and enhances Vietnamese's tradition of kindness for generations.
Clearly, Vietnamese's kindness, supportive spirit have been seen in the most difficult moments, wherever in the world. In recent years, international press has continuously referred to the image of Vietnam nation and Vietnamese people as a model in COVID-19 fight. Vietnam is considered a transparent, drastic and effective anti-epidemic country, ready to assist and support other countries despite its difficult contexts. It is also a simple image of Vietnamese communities abroad with small but meaningful actions and contributions of their loving-kindness and responsible sense to host countries and communities.
For instance, German press and media found topics of Vietnam fighting against COVID-19 and Vietnamese combating against COVID-19 remarkable in April. German RBB broadcast Vietnamese community's volunteer during the epidemic period.
Their contribution and participation in supporting the COVID-19 fight by sewing masks, collecting money, ordering protective equipment to donate medical facilities in Berlin and give away thousands of masks, disposable gloves and disinfectant solutions though these items found scarce in the market due to the disease situation. Simultaneously on the German Federal Foreign Office's Facebook and Instagram accounts published an article acknowledging the support of Vietnam Government as well as the Vietnamese community in Germany in the COVID-19 crisis overcoming on April 4.
According to the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnamese community in Germany has mobilized thousands of medical masks, self-made masks, and medical protective gloves to donate to hospitals and nursing homes. Many Vietnamese restaurants in Germany also offered thousands of meals to doctors and nurses.
A series of Czech media also mentioned to Vietnamese community's volunteer activities.
The Czech Republic Government Office's Twitter page informed the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic has donated 40,000 masks, the Vietnamese SaPA Trade Center donated 20,000 masks. The post also expressed, "The Vietnam and Vietnamese community's support mean a lot to us. Thank you everyone for sharing."
The Blesk.Cz, the most popular publisher in Czech Republic, wrote an article to express an admiration: "Hundreds of Vietnamese sew thousands of masks at lightning speed to support frontline doctors." .
Swedish press and media also reported on Vietnamese's volunteer activities. The Sverigesradio.se, a Swedish electronic radio, reported that 18,000 Vietnamese who were living and working in Sweden joined the fight against COVID-19 in the country. After one day, the money collected about USD 7000, used for medical protective equipment procurement including gloves, antibacterial solutions, masks ... to donate 3 hospitals in 3 big cities: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmoe.
Polish media have dedicated the word "practical" described the gifts given to the hospitals by the Vietnamese community in Poland. The practical gift was mentioned by the Termedia, the Polish medical website, that more than 4,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits were donated to Polish medical facilities by the Vietnamese Association in Poland.
The Wyborcza reviewed the movement of supporting doctors and nurses by the Vietnamese community. Vietnamese restaurants in Warsaw capital and many other provinces also offered thousands of free meals to medical staffs. Almost press expressed their thanks for the practical gifts given to Poland by Vietnamese community.
The NBC News (USA) praised a series of Vietnamese nail salons donating medical equipment to hospitals. While the US was implementing social distancing, although many Vietnamese-owned nail salons also lost significant revenue in the billion-dollar beauty industry, they did not complain and were willing to contribute masks, gloves, protective gear found scarce equipment in US hospitals.
Many also reformed their nail salon into a "field" factory during the COVID-19 pandemic to produce masks and protective gear. Specialized nail machines have been replaced with sewing machines and volunteers work hard every day to provide timely medical protection.
Meanwhile, the restaurants became the place to cook charitable meals. In the past 3 weeks, more than 120,000 masks and hundreds of charitable meals have been donated by Vietnamese nail salon owners to nearly 70 hospitals, nursing homes, police departments or medical clinics.
Totally, more than $ 130,000 has also been donated to charity despite the difficulties of closures due to the epidemic, the Vietnamese nail-making community in the US became volunteers dedicating and supporting with their hearts to the front lines against the epidemic.
In Moscow, Russian Federation, made by Vietnamese masks sent to place right at the aisle of shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, buildings ... Each passer-by can take 1, 2, even 5, 10 pieces, depending on their family's needs without paying.
In Australia, rice bags, shrimp noodles packages, sometimes diapers, milk, medicine ... were sent by groups of Vietnamese mothers in Australia to single mothers, international students, single elderly, lost - job workers... amid epidemic time. Every day, the group's phones receive calls and messages asking for help such as "I can't get out when I get sick," "Could I get free rice?", or "I'm a student , currently with difficulties due to COVID-19, could you please register me for free rice? "... And the relief packages were prepared by volunteers to deliver to the people in need.
It is argued that meaningful stuffs are not determined by age, income or position, but all orignated from the heart. The view is probably true when talking about Vietnamese people who has been volunteering around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are not really affluent, even there are countless difficulties faced by them to live overseas. However, they have spent time and effort based on all their hearts to help and support their compatriots and international friends. They give away the kindness but only need two words "thank you" received.
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