Timely gifts for the less fortunate

PCCC president Datuk Seri Hong Yeam Wah (centre) and his team members presenting the festive aid box to Koay Choo Meng (seated), 75, at his flat in Padang Tembak in Ayer Itam.

APART from getting canned goods, dried food and toiletries for the festive season, some 290 families were also pleasantly surprised to find packets of Chinese New Year decorations during the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) Delivery of Heartwarming Festive Goods 8.0 presentation event.

Housewife Lau Kim Kee, 69, said her family of seven would always remember the good people who sent them the gifts.

“Honestly, these goods will not last very long for a family of seven but evidently those who prepared the items must have put a lot of thought into it.

“Looking at the dried red dates, Milo packs, rice and oil, it is heartwarming to know that someone out there remembers that people like us need to celebrate the festive season too.

“We are happy that someone thought of families like us,” she said when met at her home at Block J Padang Tembak Flats recently.

Lau lives with her husband Lim Soo Hai, 71, daughter Lim Bee Hua, 44, son-in-law Looi Kong On, 50, and grandchildren Vincent Looi, 18, Looi Hui Yen, 16, and Looi Hui Pheng, nine.

Lau and her grandchildren showing the gifts they received from the PCCC at their home in Block J Flats at Padang Tembak in Ayer Itam. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The StarLau and her grandchildren showing the gifts they received from the PCCC at their home in Block J Flats at Padang Tembak in Ayer Itam. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

Lau said her family relies solely on her daughter Bee Hua as the breadwinner of the family as both she and her husband have retired.

“My son-in-law is also unable to work as he is suffering from an illness so all of us have to rely on Bee Hua.

“It is really difficult for her to earn lots of money as she works as a nurse and has to take care of us, her husband and her three kids too,” she added.

Another recipient, widow K’ng Hor Luan, 72, said the festive gifts were more than enough for her as she lives alone after her husband Lee Lek passed away aged 78 last year.

“I think this Chinese New Year will be less festive for me as I probably will not be celebrating much.

“But these groceries are really a timely gift for me as it will definitely help ease my living expenses for a week or so.

“As for Chinese New Year, my siblings have invited me over to their place to celebrate, but I think I prefer to stay here,” she added.

Both recipients, who live at Block J Padang Tembak flats, were among the 290 recipients who received the festive aid boxes.

PCCC member and PCCC Delivery of Heartwarming Festive Goods 8.0 organising chairman Julian Saik said that during the event, some 200 volunteers gave out the aid boxes to families living in units from Block A to Block J.

“Some of the items were sponsored by the members while others were bought using donations from the public and PCCC funds.

“We want to help the less fortunate who are struggling to celebrate Chinese New Year. We select the recipients from a list given by the House of Hope.

“We hope that with the aid, these poor families can celebrate the festive season,” he added.

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