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A Mother's Spirit of Service Spreads on to Her Daughter: Namkyung Lee’s Story

Wairimu Mwangi
November 14, 2022
A Mother's Spirit of Service Spreads on to Her Daughter: Namkyung Lee’s Story

Since she was a girl, Namkyung Lee wanted to help others. When she was young, she would help grandmothers carry their vegetables and goods across the street. Sometimes, she would buy their vegetables.

Now, Nam-kyung Lee’s has a 25-year-old daughter who is studying social welfare. Her daughter wants to create a youth shelter for homeless children. Since she was in high school, Namkyung Lee’s daughter has been volunteering with her mother.

Together they would visit the psychiatric ward at the Hanmaeum Hospital to give haircuts to patients. They also visit senior citizens to deliver lunch boxes, read to them and sing songs together.

“She has been very generous since childhood,” said Nam-kyung Lee of her daughter. In high school, her daughter donated her blood to a friend who needed a blood transfusion.

The mother-daughter pair have a strong bond, fed by their mutual love of volunteering.

"There seem to be many people facing difficulties in the world. While volunteering with my mother, I am able to see how happy my family is and how much I have to share with others. I think it would be good for people to volunteer and help those in need. I need to serve more and more,” reflected Nam-kyung Lee’s daughter.

For Nam-kyung Lee, serving as a family strengthens the family. “Only when the heart of the family is united can we do service together. Family service has a huge impact on the peace of the family because in order to do family service, you have to love each other, be considerate, and be united. Only then can you go out and help someone in need,” she says.

Indeed, volunteering and service makes you rich at heart. It makes you happy, and joyful while sharing. We are always happy to hear of such inspiring volunteer stories. If you have such a Sunshine Family Volunteer story to share or your family wants to start such a project, email younshim.park@globalpeacewomen.org.

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