THEIR eyes shone with joy upon seeing a Christmas tree lighted up in their home at the Peace Children Care Centre in Gelugor, Penang.
Although the 13 children might have seen similar decorations
elsewhere, the centre’s chairman Alagesan Ayaru said for most of them, it was their first time having a Christmas tree in their own place.
They gathered around the tree decked with baubles and with presents laid around it before proceeding to sing songs during the early celebration on Tuesday.
Guests comprising close family members of the centre’s committee and fellow sponsors joined in the feast to liven up the atmosphere.
The children presented the guests with dances they rehearsed before proceeding to have a sumptuous home-cooked dinner prepared by volunteers.
The celebration ended with each child receiving a gift.
Alagesan said the centre, which started operation only in June this year, would continue hosting celebrations of all upcoming major festivals for the underprivileged children to experience.
“The children come from low-income and broken families; some of them are orphans.
“While we provide them with care, schooling and accommodation, they should not be left out of celebrations which other families are hosting in their homes.
“In ensuring nobody is left out, the committee organised this small party for the children at this home.
“At the same time, we allow donors to know the children and the event allows us to express gratitude for their support, ” he said.