After learning that a sanitation worker at their Sichuan university had lost his cell phone while out sweeping the streets, some kindhearted college students decided to do what they could to help the elderly man out.
At first, students at Nanchong’s China West Normal University helped 63-year-old Ren Xingyu put up posters on the street and spread information online about his lost mobile phone. When that effort came up empty, one female student decided to a launch a fundraising campaign to help buy Ren a brand new phone.
In just four hours students had managed to raise a total of 817.24 yuan from over a hundred small donations, e.chengdu.cn reports. The mobile phone store also kicked in an extra 100 yuan.
But when students brought Ren his new phone, he politely declined, explaining that he couldn’t take it since the students were not making any money. To get him to take the phone, the students were forced to lie, telling Ren that actually the phone had been a gift from the mobile carrier.
The student’s act of kindness has since gone viral on Chinese social media, filling many with hope about China’s future as the wealth gap continues to widen. Though it likely also means that Ren has found out about the students’ little white lie.
[Images via e.chengdu.cn]
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