Tzu Chi volunteers answer the call for help of those in distress with gratitude, respect, and love. We strive to be the first to arrive and the last to leave, and reach far to make sure no one is left behind. The disaster relief we offer includes material aid as well as emotional support which we value as equally important. For us, there is no distinction between the giver and receiver of aid, since we cherish the human connection as we extend an attentive ear and share the burden of suffering. For all donations to directly benefit those impacted by disasters, our volunteers pay their own expenses during relief missions.