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S. Koreans send hot meals to help medical staff Updated: 2020-03-29 14:13:05 KST

Since the start of the outbreak, this steak house in Daegu has a new daily routine.
Twice a day, once for lunch and once for dinner, the restaurant cooks, packs and delivers hot meals for some 2-hundred medical workers in the city.

"We've been making less than 100 dollars each day, and we decided to use our resources, along with some donations, for a better cause."

They've been working for 30 straight days now, including weekends.
It hasn't been easy, especially having to come up with different menus every day and enduring back pain from packing the meals.

But they still look forward to coming to work every day.

"It's really heart-warming to see medical staff greet us with smile, saying that the food was delicious and even asking us about the menu for the next day. They also send us pictures of them eating and hand-written thank you messages."

Also, the support they get from other locals, such as money, snacks, and thankyou notes, helps them stay motivated.

And the giving spirit is present in other parts of the country as well.
Cafe Mamanut, in Uijeongbu, just north of Seoul, is making hundreds of energy bars for medical workers in the area.
It's a delicate process that takes a lot of time and effort, but it wasn't difficult to make the decision.

"All our relatives are in Daegu, and they've been telling me how hard doctors and nurses there work. Now the outbreak has spread to my community, I knew I had to do something for the medical workers here."

"This thank-you note will also go into each packet, asking them to look forward to a peaceful and healthy spring."

Many individuals are also sending care packages.

"I saw in the news how medical workers all over the world are struggling, including those having difficulty getting food due to panic buying. And I wanted to help."

These citizens say that medical staff are working hard to take care of Korea's patients, but that they also need people to take care of them.

Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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