SINGAPORE - Some 4,000 SG50 baby gift sets have been packed and ready to be delivered to the first babies born in 2015.
Hamper company Noel Gifts International started packing the gift sets in early December. Each set consists of eight gifts - a special medallion, multi-functional shawl, baby sling, a set of baby clothes, a diaper bag, scrapbook, family photo frame and a set of baby books.
Some 8,000 to 10,000 sets are expected to be ready by the end of 2014. The National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) expects around 10,000 sets to be delivered by the first quarter of 2015.
Ms Bernadette Kwan, general manager at Noel Gifts International, said the hampers, flowers and gifts company has hired an additional 50 people as packers to handle the additional workload.
"This is more than the usual 30 to 40 we hire for the year end period, and we are aiming to bring that number up to 100," she said.
An external 60,000 square feet warehouse, which is five times the size of its current warehouse, has also been rented. This is double the size of the one they usually rent to cope with increased sales during the year end festive season.
Parents of Singaporean children born in 2015 can log on to www.nptd.gov.sg/sg50baby to register for the gift starting Jan 1.
They can arrange for a free delivery to a local address or collect it at the birth registration counters at maternity hospitals in Singapore or at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
The public can view the items at Suntec City (East Atrium Level 2 and West Atrium Level 1) from Dec 1 to March 31.