Make it easier for seniors to receive Chinese New Year hongbao

Every year, senior citizens above the age of 65 in my neighbourhood are given hongbao and goodie bags by the community centre during Chinese New Year.

Unfortunately, the process is very troublesome.

We must first register personally one month before the event. Then on the actual day, we have to sit through a three-hour event before receiving the hongbao and goodie bag from a minister.

Many seniors have difficulty walking. I, myself, am wheelchair-bound. Some other seniors are more than 90 years old.

It is a lot of effort for us to do the registration and make our way there and back home with the goodie bag, especially if we do not have helpers.

I am sure some seniors forgo this hongbao because of the effort it takes.

Although there is an option to have the hongbao sent to our homes, not many seniors know of this arrangement.

I appreciate the hongbao, goodie bag and all the work that goes into making the event successful.

However, I think I can safely say that making attendance at the event optional and giving the hongbao by Giro would save a lot of trouble and make seniors happier.

This appeal may make me sound like an ingrate, but there are many in my situation who would like to write about this but steer clear for fear of being mocked.

David Lee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2017, with the headline 'Make it easier for seniors to receive Chinese New Year hongbao'. Print Edition | Subscribe