KLANG: Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd brought a little Christmas cheer to the children of the Good Samaritan Home (GSH) in Southern Park here recently.
Twenty volunteers from the head office and Tesco Klang held a high-tea at the home where they played games and handed out gifts and everyday necessities to the children.
Founded by Pastor Albert Ong and his wife Y.M. Ong in 1999, the GSH has been a refuge to underprivileged children whose parents have abandoned them because they were unable to provide financially or emotionally, or where the children have lost one or both parents.
The GSH is currently home to 35 children, aged from as young as seven months to 18 years.
“We were extremely touched when we learnt about the GSH and the noble work that Pastor Ong and his wife have done over the years with these underprivileged children. In living our value of Every Little Helps Makes a Difference, we reached out to the GSH to see how we could help especially during this Christmas season, ” said Tesco corporate services director Azliza Azmel.
“We are very pleased that we were able to bring a spark of yuletide spirit to the children through our Christmas high-tea with them, ” she said.
Prior to the event, the Tesco corporate social responsibility (CSR) team gathered a list of everyday necessities that are needed by the home which included detergent, body wash, toothbrushes, stationery for the children’s schooling needs and many more.
The CSR team also organised a Secret Santa initiative where Tesco colleagues could participate by making each child’s gift wish come true.
“It means a lot to the children and to me when corporates reached out to us during this festive season. Christmas is a time for giving and we are grateful that Tesco have chosen to give us some cheer this holiday season, ” said Ong.
“In the meantime, our doors are always open to any good samaritans out there who want to donate whether in cash, Tesco vouchers, items or time as volunteers at the home, ” she said.
Those who are interested to help the GSH can do so by contacting the home through its Facebook page.
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