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The good pervading the smoke

By M.OYUNGEREL

Good deed campaigns have been spreading around Ulaanbaatar this Christmas season, sparking little fires in the hearts of those who need good deeds the most.
I see that the flow of these campaigns is only increasing, even in times of economic recession. Whether these deeds are done for social media likes and shares, to get elected, or to truly help and bring happiness, the lives these people behind the deeds touch are incomparable to anything.
Lantuun Dokhio organized a “Magic Bag” campaign through December 23 for children living in difficult conditions. Their campaign touched the Mongolian public, and included almost everyone in their wake. They went around the ger districts, gave kids on the streets candy, and had them pick out tiny notes from a box. The notes included praises and encouraging words, asking them to smile, or telling them, “You can do it.” They also went around and visited homes, held fundraisers, and they have been doing this for quite a few years now.
After watching a video posted online of a teenager in a small ger crying tears of joy when Santa Claus had given her the first New Year’s gift she had ever received, I realized that 13,000 people had shared her joy, and the joy of those who made it possible. Good deeds are contagious. It’s not only a certain group of volunteers who are participating nowadays, but almost everyone is somehow taking part in these acts of kindness, and are taking part in creating and spreading happiness in their communities.
Other campaigns, such as Love for Every Child and Biking Santa, will take place on December 26, allowing people with office jobs to participate in good deed events during the weekend. Many companies and organizations are taking part in the giving programs. Urgoo Cinema has donated 40 movie tickets to disabled children, and Mongol Socks Company donated 300 socks to the Love for Every Child campaign. Many other organizations have participated in other campaigns that are being organized.
The campaigns don’t stop with children. Organizations have started challenges such as the Sock Challenge, to buy socks for street cleaners and then have pictures taken with them. Many individuals and student organizations went around offering hot tea and food to people selling things in the streets.
Welcoming has been the definition of Mongolians for as long as anyone can remember. In the last few decades, the transition to a free market economy might have made some people bitter, and the bright sign that reads “Welcome” has slowly started to fade. But these deeds prove that it hasn’t vanished. There are actually signs of it shining brighter.
My grandmother always tells me to treat someone with what I have. “If you have food, treat your guests with food. If you don’t have food, treat them with words. If you don’t have words, treat them with your heart,” she says.
These people initiating the campaigns are treating ones in need with food, words, and their hearts, and also inspiring and motivating others to do the same.
When a nation’s youth are able to be active and empowered, a country has a bright future. The passion these people have for helping people and seeing the smiles on people’s faces is enlightening and educating those hearing about their work.
This restores my faith in Mongolians and their potential for development. In the last two decades, everyone who has led the education sector has said the road to development was the public growth of morals. I believe the public is finally growing, and exponentially now. Ten years ago, the number of volunteers, and the number of donations and good deed campaigns was nearly zero. Look how far we have come.
Lately, with air quality levels rising with the cold, I expected the public to start complaining. But even a little good shines through the bad. Rather than talking about how much they are suffering from the recession, people are talking about helping and sparing even a little of their money to helping those a bit less fortunate celebrate a warmer holiday season.

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