Northern California charity organization makes kimchi for needy elderly

October 28, 2014
Volunteers make kimchi during the Northern California JABI Charity Association's event to give away free bottles to the area's elderly.

Volunteers make kimchi during the Northern California JABI Charity Association’s event to give away free bottles to the area’s elderly.

Hundreds of bottles filled with freshly made kimchi made their way into the hands of needy elderly in October thanks to a Northern California charity organization.

The Northern California JABI Charity Association spent two weekend Saturdays — Oct. 18 and 25 — with 1,000 cabbages, which made 700 bottles of Korea’s favorite side dish.

About 30 volunteers from the association and the Korean American Senior Citizens League came out to help make the kimchi from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We hope our small effort gets delivered as warmth,” said Yoon Seo-young, JABI president.

The kimchi was distributed to Korean American elderly associations in Northern California including Santa Clara, East Bay and Monterey, as well as to individuals without memberships to particular organizations.

“I came to participate in this volunteering event after I heard it would benefit Korean elderly,” said Kim, a volunteer who helped make kimchi. “I hope the caring and love of the volunteers here gets delivered through each and every leaf of kimchi.”

JABI said the elderly in the area who are not a part of an association can call for free kimchi. It also plans to give out free socks and underwear to the homeless during the winter season.

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