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Meghalaya farmer lauded for gifting home-grown maize to COVID-19 vaccine team

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SHILLONG: Meghalaya, still in the grip of the second wave of COVID-19 infections, has found a distraction from the deadly pandemic in the form of a good samaritan who has impressed netizens with a simple yet impactful deed of kindness.

The villager from Chimagre Songittal in the East Garo Hills district of the state did not go empty-handed to get his vaccination. The man took a bundle of maize from his own farm as a gift for the medical professionals.

His uncommon act of kindness has since gone viral and photos of the man are doing the rounds on social media.

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“Kindness in the #pandemic. A person from Chimagre Songittal, #EastGaroHills District brought maize from his own plantation for the medical team who came all the way for #COVIDVaccination,” the Meghalaya chief minister’s office wrote about the gesture, alongside a picture of the now-famous farmer.

“Stories like this retain my faith in humanity,” one user opined on the good deed, while another stated, “Kind hearted person… very simple and beloved people. I used to see this kind of gesture in my childhood times but it has become rare nowadays. I love this humanity of our people.”

Meghalaya on July 3 reported 460 fresh cases of COVID-19 taking the total tally to 51,035 cases. The Northeast Indian state reported six new fatalities pushing the death toll to 855.

Health services director Aman War said four deaths were reported from East Khasi Hills district and one each from East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills district.

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