TSMC’s Decade of Companionship for Local Veterans
Since 2010, TSMC’s Charity Foundation has been dedicated to volunteer service at the Home of Veterans in Hsinchu. They visit the residents once every two weeks. In order to create warm atmosphere of year-end reunion in the Home of Veterans, the charity foundation invited 400 senior residents for a gathering last month. From playing tournament games to having lunch, our aim is to lighten the dark corners in the society, and to provide warmth to a good society through companionship.
Taking Action Persistently, Caring for Elderly Who Live Alone, and Promoting Filial Piety
TSMC’s Charity Foundation conscientiously cares for elderly people living alone and promoting filial piety, one of our four cores of our service. For the service of companionship, TSMC Charity Foundation Chairperson Sophie Chang insists that the project should endure once it has started. The reason is the volunteers had seen how reluctant these elderly were for them to leave the Home of Veterans after the activity ended. From then, the volunteers have kept in mind that “waiting for happiness that never comes is worse than never feeling happy”.
The companionship project is in its tenth year, and in order to make all the elderly people in the Home of Veterans share in the joy of an end-of-reunion and enable disabled people to attend the event, the foundation held the event in the “Nursing Hall”, which accommodates the elderly with the weakest health. The staff from the Home of Veterans appreciated this activity, saying “We haven’t seen the grandpas living in the Nursing Hall in such high spirits for a long time!”
Complete Event with Disadvantaged Sharing Happiness
On the day of the event, the volunteers made preparations early in the morning to welcome the grandfathers and grandmothers who had been looking forward to this event for a long time. The leaders of volunteers from each group led the grandfathers and grandmothers to start the senior tournament games. In order to keep a balance between fun and safety, the games were mainly designed to encourage the elderly to move their hand joints and open their mouths, so that those who have difficulty moving freely can also join the games easily.
Grandmothers living in the Home of Veterans especially enjoyed the DIY festival wreaths. They were excited to open the packages prepared by the volunteers, sticking the decals carefully one by one, which immediately became the prettiest accessory on their outfits. On the other hand, grandfathers were looking forward to using the photo-sticker machine to take pictures with the volunteers. Looking at their images appearing immediately in the Polaroid photos, every grandfather had a broad grin on their faces.
At lunch time, while the volunteers busily prepared the food, the elderly people, with mingled feelings of delight and concern, urged us again and again to eat more, and not to be hungry as if we were their own children and grandchildren. In this warm year end, because of the companionship with each other, everyone’s mind was filled with complete satisfaction.
TSMC is committed to making society better and actively fulfilling our corporate civic responsibility. The TSMC Charity foundation will continues to commit itself to its network of public welfare projects, helping TSMC fulfill its vision to uplift society.