A Facebook user in Loei has appealed for an elderly man’s children to go see him, saying he walks five kilometres round trip to a bus stop every day hoping they’ll show up.
Baiferm Maliwan on Saturday posted photos of the man wearing a long, misshapen shirt sitting in the front passenger seat of her car.
She knows him only as Grandpa Nong.
She’d noticed him arriving at the bus stop in front of her shop in Phurua district at 3pm every day to check the people getting off the provincial bus.
She asked Grandpa Nong who he was waiting for and learned that he made the daily walk from his house in the village of Ban Santisuk, Tambon Nong Bua – a round trip of about five kilometres – in the hope his estranged children will be arriving to visit him.
Baifern said motorists often offered the old-timer a ride but he usually refused. But, perhaps feeling more tired than usual, he accepted her offer to drive him to home.
She was hoping his children might hear about her post online and go visit him.
Baifern said many people had contacted her with offers of financial assistance for Grandpa Nong and suggested that anyone wishing to help write the village head in Ban Santisuk at 14 Moo 8, Tambon Nong Bua, Phurua district, Loei 421650.
Rice, food and warm clothing for winter would be appropriate gifts, she said.