S. Koreans donate masks into Salvation Army pot to fight COVID-19 together
Updated: 2020-03-14 11:22:25 KST
"The Salvation Army pot has returned to the streets of Korea, but this time, the volunteers are asking people to donate masks, not money."
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Salvation Army Korea Territory is encouraging people to donate masks for public service workers like bus drivers and street sweepers.
Those workers provide vital services for the public and are in jobs where it is difficult to keep their distance from others.
The Salvation Army also hopes these collective efforts can help build a stronger society.
"The act of sharing spreads the spirit of hope and the sense of community across the country, making people aware that they are not alone and that we together as a country can overcome this crisis."
The pots have been installed in Gwanghwamun Square, Express Bus Terminal, and Yongsan Station in Seoul.
And there is one each in Daejeon and Busan.
Despite the mask shortages, people are donating masks for those who need them more.
"Many social service workers don't have enough time to get masks for themselves because they don't really have the option of working from home or taking time off work."
And this new form of donation could be an inspiration for other countries as well.
"I think it's pretty innovative way to face this crisis. I think it will benefit a lot of people across the country and maybe some other countries can copy this measure that South Kore has been implementing so far."
Until Thursday, March 19th, anyone can bring a mask and drop it into the pot to help others.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.