Target: Anonymous benefactor in Hail, Saudi Arabia
Goal: Applaud efforts of anonymous Hail resident who put their refrigerator outside for anyone who desperately needs food
Even the smallest acts of charity can have big results, a sentiment proven once again when a Hail, Saudi Arabia resident moved their refrigerator to the sidewalk. The owner urged neighbors to put their spare food in it, allowing those who are hungry or homeless to have something to eat. It is hoped that since it is a public space where anyone can walk up to add or take from the refrigerator, it will take away the stigma that comes with asking for food. Applaud the anonymous owner of this refrigerator for not only helping to feed their community, but also for reminding us how easy and simple it is to make a difference.
The refrigerator owner prefers to remain anonymous, stating they did it not for the attention but rather to do something good for those in need. They hope that by putting the refrigerator out where anyone in need can casually grab some food, it will help remove some of the perceived stigma or shame associated with having to ask for food. It also creates an opportunity for other citizens to easily donate food, whether it be leftovers, fruit or a freshly cooked meal. It was a small gesture on the owner’s part, but it has created a chance for people to become active in taking care of each other.
It is a simple but significant deed, one that deserves our attention. While the refrigerator owner did not do this out of a desire for recognition, they did set an example that every person can follow. Something as small and easy as plugging in a refrigerator on the sidewalk has literally changed lives. It is an excellent reminder for us that affecting large change can start with small actions anywhere in the world. Thank the owner for helping their community.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I recently read about the refrigerator that you put out on the sidewalk in Hail, Saudi Arabia. While you chose to remain anonymous, I still wanted to thank you for your kind actions. It has allowed people to conveniently donate food to their local neighborhood and also allows those who are hungry to have access to food without the stigma that comes with having to ask for it.
Your story has spread across the world, reminding us all how small and simple acts of compassion can have far reaching effects. It is an easily forgotten lesson in a world where money and power seem to rule all, but one we desperately needed to see today. Thank you for your generosity.
[Your name here]
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