After receiving disaster relief assistance from Tzu Chi, many chose to help others in return. Some joined our fundraising efforts and began spreading Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s Bamboo Bank spirit. Others chose to help their communities by volunteering. The caring response of those who were helped, was an example of the never-ending cycle of love in action.
“I have a day off. I chose to come and volunteer and make a meal for someone else, and I like to make other people happy.”
– Jacqueline Samarod
Some care recipients, such as husband and wife Harold and Jacqueline Samarod, began joining Tzu Chi volunteers to assist others in need.
“Give me another one and I’ll get another one filled out for you. Because you guys are down here helping us, what else? You know, it’s a beautiful thing. So we gotta give back a little bit.”
– Resident of Broad Channel
Volunteers were pleasantly surprised and grateful to see aid recipients return their bamboo banks full, contributing to the never-ending cycle of love.
“It’s not just the matter of giving back to a charity that took care of me. It’s about whatever else that comes with it. It’s a kind of amazing experience that you gave people.”
— Resident of Belle Harbor
Ariel Creamer, founder of Survivors Silver Lining and a fellow winner of the White House Champion of Change award, was also a Tzu Chi aid recipient after Sandy destroyed her home.
“At first I didn’t think we were going to get anything this year. I knew why, I understood, I fully expected it. But then when I actually got a present and I actually opened it…”
– Ariel Creamer
Palwasha Syar was a volunteer translator for Tzu Chi’s Sandy relief distribution at the Shorefront Y (Coney Island, Brooklyn) in 2013. Two years later, Palwasha is now a 2-time Tzu Chi College Scholarship recipient.
“I got this from the scholarship ceremony, and knowing that all the scholarship money I get is from donations, I would love to help other students too.”
— Palwasha Syar
Three years after Hurricane Sandy, Tzu Chi USA is still helping some communities that have not fully recovered.
On October 24th, 2015, our volunteers worked in collaboration with Rebuilding Together New York City and joined forces with FEMA Corps teams to install solar lights in Staten Island, and we'll continue helped our communities as need be…
TO SUPPORT THIS NEVER-ENDING CYCLE OF LOVE