The owner of a noodle joint in Guizhou Province has warmed the hearts of Chinese netizens lately, offering free meals to street sweepers, members of the military, and senior citizens.
A big red board hanging on the wall of “Loving Heart Tofu,” in Zunyi, advertises “free breakfast for street sweepers, soldiers, and elderly over 70.”
According to owner Sun Zhiwen, the place opened in October 2015 and has been providing free noodles ever since. In the past two years, he has given away over 20,000 bowls. “Street sweeping is a very difficult job, especially in the winter,” he said. “They have to get up very early, and work without breakfast until noon, when they can have lunch. I can provide nice breakfast for them to eat during breaks.” Himself raised in a poor household, Sun said that he received a lot of help from other people growing up and wanted to give back to society in whatever way he could.
“I’m just an ordinary businessman,” he went on. “It doesn’t matter how much money I make. I just want more people to feel the same warmth and kindness that I was given while growing up poor.” Sun has plans to open several more branches.
By Alex Tang
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