BUKIT MERTAJAM: There’s a saying going around on the Internet: “you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others”.
That perhaps explained why droves of parents were out on a Sunday morning to donate toys and books to the less fortunate.
“My children are blessed with a good stock of toys and books that they have kept in reasonably good condition, ” said housewife Norwaty Syahida, 40.
“Now it’s time for them to learn to share the things they love with others who may need them, ” she said when met at a leisure centre holding the donation drive.
“I want to teach my children to not only care for other people but also help them through charity and donations.”
Norwaty was with her children Nazrul Aaron Qhalif, seven, and Nazrul Aryan Qaayid, three, who gave away their old toys.
Another parent, who wished to be known only as Wei Wei, 36, said she wanted to guide her children on the concept of regifting.
The daycare centre teacher gave away four bags of their toys and books.
“It also encourages my children to recycle their stuff.”
Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the programme was aimed at raising awareness about the importance of “smart consumption” for environmental care.
He said smart consumption was vital because with less rubbish produced, the council could save on the cost of waste management and extend the lifespan of the Pulau Burong landfill.
“The collection of old toys and books is an element of regifting in the MBSP Smart Consumption Model in our effort to further protect the environment.”
He said the collected items could also be used by community leaders to create reading corners in their respective area.
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