Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Penang island district gave out hampers to new mothers at the Penang Hospital maternity ward as part of the World Red Crescent Day celebration.
Its chairman Rayson Khoo said the gesture was meant to celebrate the birth of Red Cross founder Henry Dunant.
“We have been doing this for many years.
“It has become a custom for us to celebrate with mothers of babies born on May 8.
“We gave out hampers filled with essential baby items to four mothers at the hospital.
“We left behind nine more hampers as there could be more newborns in the later part of the day.
“We also brought bouquets of flowers for the nurses to thank them,” he said when met at the maternity ward along Residency Road.
Khoo said all Red Crescent societies worldwide would hold programmes in tribute to the founder on World Red Crescent Day.
First-time mother Yap Shuh Jiun, 22, said she was excited to deliver her baby.
“I was not prepared for the pain during childbirth as everyone told me it would not be too bad.
“It was worth it though as the moment I saw my son, all the pain went away,” she said.
Yap added that it was very nice of the MRCS to give out hampersof baby items.
“I am very happy as I did not expect a gift right after having my baby today,” she said.