Christmas joy for children from home

Henry (middle) and Yu Pen unwrapping presents they received as part of G Hotel’s A Time to Give programme. With them is Hanratty (left).

THE generosity of Penangites shone through in challenging times, bringing Christmas cheer to 28 underprivileged children.

The children from The Salvation Army Children’s Home were each lavished with seven presents.

These were bought by the public as well as staff of G Hotel under the latter’s “A Time to Give” corporate social responsibility initiative.

The youngsters had earlier written their wishes on cards hung up on a Christmas tree at the hotel lobby from Nov 27 to Dec 17.

The wishes were largely for items like clothing, books and toys.

As in previous years, response from the public was overwhelming and the presents piled up in no time.

Due to Covid-19 SOPs, the presentation ceremony had to be held behind closed doors at the home in Logan Road.

“Initiatives like this remind us about the things that truly matter, ” said G Hotel general manager Michael Hanratty, who was joined by management staff in distributing the goodies.

The youngest recipient was two-year-old Avasi Xeenia, who had asked for a drum set, among other things, wasted no time in tapping out a few rhythms on her new drum.

“She loves music, ” said her mother Audrea Siguat, 33.

Five-year-old Henry Lai Jun Hao was excited to receive a remote control car and puzzle game.

Khor Yu Pen, nine, had his wish for sports shoes and a Lego set granted.

Lim Wei Hean, 16, had asked for sporting equipment and received a badminton racquet, backpack and hiking shoes, among other items.

“I hope to become a good badminton player, ” Lim said.

John Chung, 18, will also have much use for the luggage, bag, headphones, cap and toiletries he received.

“I will be pursuing my degree in another state. That’s why I wished for travel items, ” he said.

The youngsters showed their appreciation by serenading everyone with Christmas carols.

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