BB brings food hamper joy to 155 beneficiaries

Boys' Brigade president Ho Yew Kee (at left) and Share-A-Gift 2015 chairman Lui Chong Chee (centre) giving Madam Zainubi Abdul Majid two food hampers yesterday. She said she was "very grateful to receive these gifts".
Boys' Brigade president Ho Yew Kee (left) and Share-A-Gift 2015 chairman Lui Chong Chee (centre) giving Madam Zainubi Abdul Majid two food hampers yesterday. She said she was "very grateful to receive these gifts".ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Gifts delivered to the needy in Jalan Kukoh, Redhill Close as volunteers chip in to help

Sixty-seven-year-old Madam Zainubi Abdul Majid was happy to see uniformed members of the Boys' Brigade (BB) show up on the doorstep of her one-room flat at Block 3 Jalan Kukoh yesterday with two large food hampers as part of the Share-A-Gift project.

"I'm very grateful to receive these gifts," she said.

She added that her son, a former security guard, would usually buy groceries for her because she is unable to walk long distances.

Her son, Mr Razalee Jaafar, who is currently unable to work due to a heart condition, lives with her, his wife and two children.

Another hamper recipient, Madam Subbalakshmi Govidarajoo, 66, lives alone and suffers from fits. She said she depended on her relatives and friends to deliver food to her.

JOIN THE GIFT GIVING

As we move towards the final two weeks of food hamper deliveries, we encourage members of the public to join us, so all beneficiaries can receive their gifts before the end of the year.

MR LUI CHONG CHEE, Share-A-Gift 2015 chairman, urging people to help out with the project

She added: "It is not convenient for me to go to the market, so I am very happy to get this gift."

Both women were among the 155 beneficiaries in the Jalan Kukoh and Redhill Close areas who received food hampers yesterday .

More than 200 people volunteered their services after the BB announced last week that it was looking for 318 drivers with vehicles to help deliver the gifts.

"Social media helped us a lot," said Share-A-Gift 2015 chairman Lui Chong Chee, adding that many Singaporeans came forward to donate specific items as a result of calls made on Facebook and Instagram.

The Share-A-Gift Project, now in its 28th year, has been running since Nov 23. The project gets members of the public to donate items for food hampers for needy families.

It also aims to fulfil these families' wishes for specific items, such as school bags, which are donated by the public. It has met all 31,858 general wishes for food hampers for this year and 92 per cent of the 8,693 wishes from beneficiaries for specific items.

Prudential Singapore, which had earlier donated $120,000 to the project, will help grant the remaining specific wishes with an additional donation of $50,000. The additional donation will also go towards the project's operating costs.

Though BB will no longer receive food donations at the various FairPrice outlets, people can still donate hampers via the supermarket chain's online portal or at AXS stations around the island.

A BB spokesman said 67 more vehicles are needed to send food hampers to the remaining 1,998 beneficiaries by Dec 30.

Mr Lui said: "As we move towards the final two weeks of food hamper deliveries, we encourage members of the public to join us, so all beneficiaries can receive their gifts before the end of the year."

To register as a volunteer, call the BBSG hotline (1800-227-4273) or visit the www.bbshare.sg website.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2015, with the headline 'BB brings food hamper joy to 155 beneficiaries'. Print Edition | Subscribe