Shen Zhixian (R) gives subsidies for cold drink to cleaners. [youth.cn/ Wu Jinping]
Shen Zhixian, an 86-year-old Party member from Ningbo in east China's Zhejiang Province has been devoting herself to local charity work over the past few years.
According to staff from Shen's community, Shen has been donating 10,000 yuan (U.S.$ 1,500) a year to the Ningbo Charity Federation since 2005 and always brings subsidies for cold drinks and fruit to cleaners of the community in the summer. "I feel warm due to Shen's kindness," said a cleaner.
However, the generous woman always lived a simple life. She refused to change to a better house with an elevator and was even unwilling to drop her old and well-worn belongings.
When asked about the reasons behind using her own money to do good deeds, Shen always says, "Thanks to the pension that was offered by the Party, I do not have to worry about my life. It would be better if I take some of my savings to help people in need."
Everyone spoke of Shen with high praise for her dedication to charity and she was honored with the titles of Local Excellent Party Member and Outstanding Charitable Individual.
(Source: youth.cn/ Translated and edited by Women of China)
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