TWENTY underprivileged families from PPR Pantai Ria, Kuala Lumpur, received their grocery wish list items from local non- governmental organisation (NGO) Great Vision Charity Association (GVCA).
Under the Shopping Buddy programme, each family listed down necessities and groceries worth RM200.
A GVCA volunteer then headed out to the nearest supermarket to purchase the items.
The charity shopping activity was held at Giant Sri Manja, Kuala Lumpur, with over 20 volunteers doing the grocery run.
After buying the requested items, the volunteers headed over to PPR Pantai Ria to distribute the groceries accordingly to the recipients.
Shopping Buddy has been a monthly programme conducted by the NGO since GVCA’s inception in 2013.
The 20 beneficiaries were selected by GVCA representatives after taking into consideration their financial background and living environment.
GVCA representative Nazihah Maiddin said: “These families have gone through so much in order to survive.
“Many are in difficult living conditions, trying to feed their families and take care of sick family members.
“They suffer through poor health conditions because they need the money for other essential expenses and to put food on the table.
“We at GVCA hope that the Shopping Buddy programme will bring them financial relief and help ease their household expenses.”
One of the beneficiaries, who wished to be known only as Lukman, expressed his gratitude for the aid given.
“My family and I are grateful to the NGO for helping us through our tough times.
“This aid has really helped to lighten my financial burden,” said the father of four.
GVCA said it would continue to work with volunteers and contributors under the Shopping Buddy programme to ensure that needy families would be able to get the help that they need.
For more information on GVCA’s programme, go to www.persatuanharapanmulia.org.my or call Chor at 013-505 8128.