KUCHING: In keeping with the Christmas spirit of giving, the Boys Brigade’s Second Kuching Company is collecting donations of gifts from the public for the poor.
They have set up “wish trees” and collection booths at two malls here for their annual Love Box community project, which is targetting 4,555 recipients in over 40 villages, orphanages and old folks’ home around Kuching.
“We want to share the joy of Christmas with the poor and needy, regardless of their race and religion,” Boys’ Brigade officer Michael Hung said.
“We also want the boys to experience the joy of giving to others.”
The recipients are identified with the help of village headmen, welfare and social organisations as well as religious and voluntary bodies. They are grouped as children aged 17 years and below, families and elderly folk.
Each recipient’s name is written on a gift tag with their wish item on it. The public can pick up a tag from the “wish tree”, purchase the gift and return it to the collection booth.
The Boys Brigade will then distribute the items to the intended recipients as Christmas gifts.
“This year the wish list consists of toys, stationery and school bags for children and rice, milk powder and bath towels for families and the elderly,” Hung said.
He said distribution had been ongoing since the project started last month.
“Once we have collected enough gifts for a village or organisation, we will send them out.
“So far we have distributed gifts to four or five t groups already,” he said.
Hung also said response from the public had been very good, enabling the Boys Brigade to reach its target number of recipients every year.
“The recipients are always very happy whenever we bring them the gifts. That’s what keeps us going even though the work can be tiring. When we see the joy on their faces, it makes it all worth it,” he added.