Going to the Grassroots in the Spring Festival | Special Adherents: A Different Kind of "Reunion Dinner" Crossing Thousands of Miles

On February 11th, on New Year’s Eve, none of the staff of Minxiu Road Community in Shuangfengqiao Street, Yubei District went home. They stayed in the community office together, and accompanied Vivi, who stayed at her post during the Spring Festival and didn’t return to her hometown in Hebei, to pack jiaozi. Through video, we also said hello to Vivi’s 88-year-old mother, who is far away from her hometown in Hebei, and had a different kind of "reunion dinner" that spanned thousands of miles. The picture shows Hu Mingzhu (right), the community secretary of Minxiu Road, and Vivi, chatting with their old mother in their hometown in Hebei through mobile video.
Sister Vivi, formerly known as Kang Xiumiao, is a health worker in Minxiu Road Community. Her hometown is Kangxinzhuang, Hengshui City, Hebei Province. Ten years ago, Sister Vivi came to Chongqing with her retired husband and has been engaged in community work.
Sister Vivi said that it doesn’t matter if she is busy at work, but her heart is most concerned about her 88-year-old mother who is far away from home. Last year, in order to win the epidemic and stop the war, she rushed to the front line as a community worker. Because of the epidemic and work, she has not been able to go back to her hometown for two consecutive years, visit her mother, comb her hair and talk with her mother. Although my heart is full of worries and regrets, before this year’s festival, Sister Vivi was the first to sign up: she was on duty during the Spring Festival and stuck to her post.
When Hu Mingzhu, the secretary of the community, learned of Vivi’s worries, after discussing with everyone, he decided that according to the custom in the north, colleagues in the New Year’s Eve community would accompany Vivi’s sister on duty to pack jiaozi, have a reunion dinner and pay a New Year call to Vivi’s old mother in her hometown in Hebei.
In the face of the bustling New Year scene in the community, Sister Vivi turned on the video call of her mobile phone, and a kind smile with white hair appeared on the screen of her hometown in Hebei Province, and the eyes of her second sister were concerned. Sister Vivi told her relatives that it was very lively for everyone to accompany me for the New Year, and also to pack jiaozi together. I am fine in Chongqing for the New Year, so don’t worry! Hu Mingzhu, the secretary of the community, also gathered in front of the mobile phone screen. She said: I wish my mother Kang good health and happiness, and I wish my family in my hometown in Hebei peace and happiness … At some point, everyone’s eyes were full of tears.
Sister Vivi said that she hoped that the epidemic would end as soon as possible and that life would return to normal as soon as possible, so that she could go back to her hometown to visit her mother.
Hu Mingzhu, community secretary of Minxiu Road, said: Due to the normalization of national epidemic prevention and control work, during the Spring Festival this year, all staff members should stick to their posts and take turns to do a good job in epidemic prevention and control. At the same time, it is also necessary to do a good job of arranging people who return to Chongqing from other places, and persuade those who work in other places to stay in the local area for the New Year as much as possible. To this end, the community also sent special care packages filled with new year’s goods such as Yuanxiao, milk and candy to the families of migrant workers who stayed in the local area for the New Year.
Yang Xinyu, an upstream journalist, reported on the photo.