PETALING JAYA: The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to man its booths as the organisation holds its yearly Christmas sale to raise funds for those in need.
Salvation Army administrative assistant Monesha Thomas, who was among those overseeing the sales booth at Citta Mall here, said it was a new experience for her.
“Staff were asked to volunteer because there weren’t enough volunteers this year, ” said the 27-year-old.
Thomas hoped that secondary school students, who are currently on their year-end break, would volunteer for the Christmas sale.
“Secondary school students can use this as part of their folios for Moral Studies, as they can write about their volunteering experience, ” she said.
Also volunteering her service at the event, from Dec 7 to 16, was Salvation Army spokesman Christina Lazaroo.
Like Thomas, Lazaroo, 27, found that volunteering gives meaning to their lives.
“I enjoy meeting new people – it’s more than just a desk job in the office.
“I personally like helping people; since I’ve been blessed so much, I’d like to give back to the less fortunate, ” Lazaroo said.
“When you do a good thing, you’ll get blessed in return, ” Thomas said.
Apart from the one currently being held at Citta Mall, the Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to man its booth at another Christmas sale to be held at IOI Mall Puchong from Dec 20 to 22.
The sale is part of the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Kettle Campaign in aid of the needy.
Lazaroo said it aims to raise RM100,000 this year through sales and donations from the public.
“This year, we have over 100 boxes of items donated by Zalora Malaysia, so everything we have on sale is brand new, ” she said.
Among the wide range of items on offer are clothes, shoes, accessories and handbags.
Lazaroo said all proceeds from its Christmas sale will fund the organisation’s welfare programmes.
They include programmes for residential homes for children and the elderly, vocational training programmes for special needs individuals, and community service centres serving the B40 income group.