Hotel brings cheer to single mothers with Deepavali food hampers


Wheelchair-bound single mother K. Paroudi receiving a food hamper from Ng while Santha (right) and Sarasvathy look on.

IT will be a quiet Deepavali for single mother M. Santha this year as her husband died about seven months ago.

The 67-year-old, who lives alone at Sri Stulang Flats in Johor Baru, said the Festival of Lights would not be the same again without him.

“I used to cook his favourite vegetarian dishes to celebrate at home.

“I have a daughter who works in Kuala Lumpur but she has not come home for about two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I hope she will come back to visit me soon now that interstate travel is allowed again,” she told StarMetro.

Santha, who earns a monthly income of RM300 as a part-time cleaner, suffers from knee problems following a motorcycle accident about 17 years ago.

Half her salary would go towards paying the RM124 monthly rental while her daughter would occasionally give her some cash to get by, she said.

She was moved to tears when she received food supplies from Suasana Suites Hotel in conjunction with the upcoming Deepavali celebration.

Hotel chief executive officer Ng Siew Koon said the food hampers, comprising cooking oil, rice, curry powder, eggs, sugar, milk, canned food and beverage, were distributed to seven single mothers.

“We hope the food aid will ease the single mothers’ financial burden and make their Deepavali a little brighter.

“Our intention is to impart a culture of giving and send a reminder that the less fortunate should not be neglected, more so during the festive period,” she added.

Another recipient, widow C. Sarasvathy, 69, thanked the hotel for reaching out to help those in need.

The mother-of-two, who has walking difficulties, diabetes and high blood pressure, will also be having a simple Deepavali celebration this year.

“This is the first time I have received such items and I think these can last me a few weeks as I live alone.

“I have two children who are married and have their own families.

“They lost their jobs due to the pandemic, so I do not expect them to celebrate the festival with me,” she said, adding that she planned to make thosai and curry for herself to eat after prayers at home on Deepavali day.

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