BEIJING, Mar. 6, 2018 -- People across China on Monday observed a day commemorating Lei Feng, a soldier renowned in China for his generosity and altruistic deeds.
This was the 55th "Lei Feng Day," with people helping others and volunteering in remembrance of Chairman Mao's call to "learn from Comrade Lei Feng."
Lei reportedly died in an accident in 1962 at the age of 22. He was made a national hero after Chairman Mao called on the nation to study his life in 1963.
In Changchun, capital of Northeast China's Jilin province, drivers from a taxi group named after the national hero delivered food to an orphanage on Monday. Founded in 1997, the team has been committed to helping people in need.
Drivers wore armbands printed with the slogan "Learning From Lei Feng." They offered free of charge rides for senior citizens, the disabled, students and other needy residents.
"Not too long ago, an 80-year-old man called and asked us to help take his wife to hospital, because their only daughter was not at home," said Yuan Hui, the team leader, adding that they have been committed to helping others for 20 years.
"I used to be a driver in the military, just like Lei Feng. When I serve people in need, I am showing what kind of person I am, and I am also adding a bit of positive spirit to a civilized society," he said.