Lei Feng was a soldier who died in an accident in 1962 at the age of 22. Mao memorialized Lei Feng as a symbol of altruism. The term “活雷锋/Huó Léi Fēng” (literally “living Lei Feng”) has become a term for anyone who is seen as selfless, or anyone who goes out of their way to help others. Lei Feng Day is celebrated on March 5.
My former student, Dr. Tu, asked me to volunteer with some of emergency room staff at a community of older adults. Booths included the public library, free computer repair, and several hospitals. Our booth gave free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings.
All volunteers wore red hats and the blue vest is the uniform of the hospital lay volunteers. This banner was erected in the park of the neighborhood community. Lei Feng is pictured behind me.
Our team had three doctors and one nurse.
My job was to write down the blood pressure on a card and give it to the person being screened. I learned to say, 祝你健康, I wish you good health.
This booth featured a massage hospital – TCM (traditional Chinese medicine).
Dr. Tu and I at the end of the morning: cold, wet and happy.