Pattaya Norwegians offering free food every Thursday

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The donations will continue at the same place very Thursday while supplies last.
H.E. Ambassador Kjersti Rødsmoen hands out food packages to the needy people.

The Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian Seaman’s Church handed out 2,000 bags of food and supplies to Pattaya residents struggling during the coronavirus crisis.



H.E. Ambassador Kjersti Rødsmoen and Rev. Annstein Lothe oversaw the April 24 charity event on Thappraya Soi 5 behind Naris Gallery Hotel, the first of weekly handouts the church and embassy have planned.

The money from the survival bags came from donations by Norwegian expats and Naris Petcharat, president of the Pattaya Walking Street Business Association, who owns the hotel.



Rødsmoen said that Pattaya long has welcomed Norwegian tourists and expats and it was their turn to give back to society given the hardship so many are facing from business shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The donations began two weeks ago with the offering of just 200 meals. The next week it increased to 700 and this week 2,000 bags of good were available for distribution. Each bag has 2 kilograms of rice, 10 eggs, two packs of instant noodles, bottles of fish sauce, vegetable oil and drinking water.

The donations will continue at the same place very Thursday while supplies last.

The donations will continue at the same place very Thursday while supplies last.
The money from the survival bags came from donations by Norwegian expats and Naris Petcharat.
The money from the survival bags came from donations by Norwegian expats and Naris Petcharat.

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Benevolent donors said they wanted to give back to society given the hardship so many are facing from business shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Benevolent donors said they wanted to give back to society given the hardship so many are facing from business shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Social distancing is practiced, with temperatures checked before entry.
Social distancing is practiced, with temperatures checked before entry.



Norwegian Ambassador H.E. Ambassador Kjersti Rødsmoen thanks the organisers and the Norwegian community for their generosity.
Norwegian Ambassador H.E. Ambassador Kjersti Rødsmoen thanks the organisers and the Norwegian community for their generosity.
Rev. Annstein Lothe blesses the congregation as Hans Konrad Nyvolllooks at the huge pile of foodstuffs ready for distribution.
Rev. Annstein Lothe blesses the congregation as Hans Konrad Nyvoll looks at the huge pile of foodstuffs ready for distribution.

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Kevin Aamlid assists with carrying boxes of dried food to the distribution area.
Kevin Aamlid assists with carrying boxes of dried food to the distribution area.
Everyone coming in had to have their temperatures checked.
Everyone coming in had to have their temperatures checked.



Recipients of the food must cleanse their hands with sanitiser gel for safety.
Recipients of the food must cleanse their hands with sanitiser gel for safety.
Pattaya City police were out in force to ensure that the distribution was done in an orderly manner.
Pattaya City police were out in force to ensure that the distribution was done in an orderly manner.



A bottle of water was also an essential item for distribution.
A bottle of water was also an essential item for distribution.
Thai families were grateful to receive food and amenities from the generous Norwegians.
Thai families were grateful to receive food and amenities from the generous Norwegians.
A lady is moved by the generosity of foreigners living in Thailand.
A lady is moved by the generosity of foreigners living in Thailand.