An elementary school student, Nguyen Hoang Thao My wants to do something to contribute to the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Ho Chi Minh City so she started making cakes.
My, a third-grade student living in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City, has experienced meaningful days this summer.
She carefully makes every flan cake by herself for sale and contribute her profit to the national COVID-19 vaccine fund.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, I asked my mother whether I could make a cake to contribute to the fund fighting the pandemic when I heard about the calling for crowdfunding,” recalled My.
“At that time, my mother taught me how to produce cakes and then my father became my deliveryman."
My capitalizes on her Facebook account as a platform to sell her cakes.
“Hi everybody! I am Thao My, I am 9 years old," reads the young girl’s self-introduction on Facebook.
"I want to support the national COVID-19 vaccine fund so I opened a bakery for flans named Thao My.
“I will sell two kinds of cakes with big and small sizes using silver wrapping paper.
"I donated VND2 million [US$87] last year.
"I expect everybody who buys the cakes can support me. Much appreciated!”
The little girl’s bakery has produced dozens of flans every day since then.
She has created a new kind of flan, which includes bubbles and has gained traction among other children recently.
My does not merely make cakes for sale to contribute to the COVID-19 fund but she also wants to do something to thank the frontline medical workers who have worked extremely hard during the pandemic.
Using her savings, she made 120 flan cakes to give to doctors and nurses working at Trung Vuong Hospital, where COVID-19 patients are treated.
On each cake, My attached a small note that reads, “I hope the doctors enjoy the cake.”
“I have prepared 120 cakes to offer to the medical workers at Trung Vuong Hospital," My told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
"I asked my parents to bring cakes to them as I can’t come there.
“I hope the medical workers feel more willing to support the patients to overcome the disease."
According to the third-grade student, while she is capable of making cakes, the medical workers are now too busy to order them, so she asked her mother to find a way to give them the cakes.
The cakes filled with compassion made by the small girl left many of the doctors touched. Many of them wrote on Facebook that these are not only physical gifts, but they are also spiritual ones that help the medical workers forget exhaustion and keep their hard responsibilities during the pandemic.
Lam My Phuong, My’s mother, said her daughter began to make cakes last year when the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out.
This year, the girl started work again at the beginning of June.
“She has saved more than VND800,000 ($35) to date,” said Phuong.
“I am happy that my daughter appreciates the work and can contribute a small part to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic," the mother said proudly.
"I feel joyful to recognize my daughter for constructive thinking.”