It’s extremely common for people living in China to order their food online and have it delivered straight to their doorstep. But, recently, a noodle shop received a particulary unusual order with the recipient being a homeless man.
The order actually came from Wang Ya, a graduate student at the Kunming University of Science and Technology. Wang told a reporter that he was walking on an overpass when he spotted a homeless man sleeping there, wearing only light, summer clothes, taking refuge from the cold rain.
Wang didn’t talk to the man, but instead decided to get him something warm to eat.
Online, Wang ordered four BBQ pork buns, tofu noodles with braised meat, and pumpkin porridge. For the address, Wang simply wrote that the order was to be delivered to the homeless man sleeping on the overpass outside of the university. He also added a special request: “Please make sure that he receives this food as soon as possible. It’s cold outside and I don’t know if he’s had anything to eat. I’ve seen him there since noon.”
The restaurant manager was deeply touched by Wang’s act of kindness, deciding to add in a bowl of sweet rice dumplings as well, while also telling the chef to make sure add in as much food as possible.
Afterward, a delivery guy picked up the food and took it to the homeless man as quickly as possible. The whole process took less than half an hour.
After the story went viral online, an Alibaba Group charitable foundation rewarded Wang with 5,000 yuan. However, Wang refused to take the money for himself. Instead, he donated 3,000 yuan to a sick 1-year-old boy, gave 1,000 yuan to a charity club at his university, and set up a charity fund at the noodle shop with the remaining 1,000 yuan. The fund is for buying food for the homeless. Touched once again, the restaurant owner kicked in another 2,000 yuan to the fund.
Their actions have won praise from social media users across the country who have dubbed this story, the “warmest takeout on a rainy day.”
By Alex Tang
[Images via China Youth Daily]
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