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Volunteers in S. Korea spread hope by sharing food and masks with homeless Updated: 2021-06-07 10:04:29 KST

Late at night a group of people is walking around Seoul Station.
With kind and simple greetings they hand out food and masks to those who are less fortunate mostly homeless people living on the streets.

"Hi, can I give you guys free food and masks?"

This voluntary work began about 6 hours ago in an apartment building just outside Seoul.
Kim In-ok works as an ordinary worker during the day, but every Friday night, he becomes a special chef.
Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, many soup kitchens across South Korea have been closed for months, leaving homeless people suffering serious food insecurity.
And, that's when Kim, his wife, and a few other volunteers jumped in.

"We heard on the news that many soup kitchens had closed due to COVID-19. We noticed many homeless people are not getting enough help on the streets."

Kim says helping others was something he felt he had to do.

"I struggled with my childhood a lot. I received so much support in every way. I realized I was growing and changing day by day. I wanted to share what I have been given with others."

For the nearly 8 months of volunteering since last November, there has been an outpouring of support from across social media donating money a bag of rice for the meal or some more masks.
Once the food is ready, the group takes the subway to Seoul Station.

"You come to Seoul station every Friday night. Are you tired at all?"

"It would be a lie if I say I'm not tired at all. But, it's worth doing it, so I keep going with the work."

The group always cooks the meals instead of just purchasing them.
Kim explains doing this way makes the job more meaningful.
For an hour and half, they go around and knock on each tent.
Now they are more welcome than ever before.

"We've been gratefully eating this meal. We want to thank them for coming to Seoul Station and helping us."

"The group said they will keep delivering food, even after the pandemic ends. And that sharing is not just about handing out food, but is an opportunity to be kind and bring hope to others.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News."
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