Soon Hee Hong, Young Ja Kim & Gi Jae Soh

"The Three Grandmas"

   
  
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    Soon Hee Hong, Young Ja Kim and Gi Jae Soh       

Soon Hee Hong, Young Ja Kim and Gi Jae Soh

 

kardia, california, usa 

Soon Hee Hong, Young Ja Kim and Gi Jae Soh are friends who have come to be known as the “Three Grandmas” among the TASSEL students and families in Cambodia because of their love for TASSEL shown through their work for TASSEL raising funds through their recycling program. 

The Three Grandmas are now in the late 70s but for the last four years, they worked every single day to collect bottles and cans from their friends, neighbors, local businesses to take to the recycling center to exchange for money to send to Cambodia. Between the three of them, they have been able to collect up to 20,000 cans and bottles each month. They send all the money they raise to TASSEL each month to help fund TASSEL’s English program, food program and sponsorship of children and families who are in desperate need.

Their work has not only inspired their friends and families to get involved by donating regularly each month but through their labor of love, they have also touched the hearts of strangers who see them come to their businesses multiple times each day to collect bottles and cans to help others in need.  These “strangers” have now become friends and supporters of TASSEL as well. 

The love with which the Three Grandmas do their work is contagious and has been spreading to all those around them as well as to those across the world in Cambodia. The Three Grandmas each say that they are happiest when they are working to help TASSEL and feel blessed that they can help in in this way. 

A video about the efforts of these three volunteers created by TASSEL volunteer Ella Kim of the Kardia Chapter.