With just over a week left to its Dec 8 deadline, NTUC FairPrice is still short of 285,000 textbooks for its longstanding Share-A-Textbook Project, which helps students from low-income families.
It has only received 100,000 textbooks to date - less than half its target, since the drive was launched two weeks ago.
FairPrice aims to help some 20,000 needy students who have registered to receive textbooks this year. The number is about 10 per cent more than last year's 18,500.
"We notice that people tend to procrastinate and wait till the closing date. We encourage the public to donate earlier so that our volunteers have adequate time to sort the books for collection," said Mr Jonas Kor, chairman of the FairPrice CSR Committee. "We also continue to appeal for the public to generously donate their textbooks to help needy students save on textbook expenses."
Members of the public can donate their textbooks at 140 FairPrice stores, including 22 FairPrice Xpress stores located at Esso service stations.