The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many people to lose their jobs in recent months, with some finding it difficult to make ends meet or to even put food on the table.
Single mother S. Easwary, who lives in Jalan Rasah in Seremban, used to do odd jobs to provide for her family but has been badly affected by the recent turn of events.
The 47-year-old, who underwent thyroid surgery, has been struggling to provide for her three children.
However, timely assistance from property developer IJM Land Bhd made Deepavali more meaningful for Easwary, who was one of three recipients of the company’s annual “Deepavali Charity Cheer” programme.
Each received RM800 as well as festive cookies and goodie bags consisting of grocery items worth a total RM700.
IJM Land senior general manager Datuk Hoo Kim See said the programme, in its third edition, was to spread the festive joy among the underprivileged.
“We reached out to three families who were in great need and helped them with monetary support as well as groceries.
“Our intention is to impart a culture of giving and send a reminder that the poor should not be neglected, more so during festive periods, ” he said.
“With the current financial struggles experienced by many due to the pandemic, it has caused most households to rely on limited savings to provide for their family’s needs.
“Our thoughts are always with the less fortunate, especially during a time when they need more care and attention, ” he added.
IJM Land also donated face masks and hand sanitisers to the families.
The other two recipients in the programme were G. Sirengayee, 52, and Maha Laxmi, 35.
Sirengayee, from Taman Desa Rasah, also does not hold a regular job and relies on her husband, who works as a maintenance worker, to provide for their three children.
IJM Land also provided a blood pressure monitor to the family for their special needs child who has suffered from kidney failure since 2013.
Maha Laxmi’s husband Thivananthan lost his job due to the pandemic and now does odd jobs to provide for the family.
The couple, who live in Taman Sungai Ujong, has three children.
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