‘Tis the season for giving and spreading joy

A sight to behold: Christmas tree cheer hanging in the air at Gurney Paragon in Penang. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: If there is a time to show the true meaning of Christmas, now is the time – even during the pandemic.

For this Christmas, a shopping mall here is hoping to make the wishes of 36 underprivileged children from two local homes come true.

Gurney Paragon Mall is inviting shoppers to take part in its “Grant A Wish” charity drive for the children from Crystal Family Home Care Centre Penang and The Salvation Army Penang Children’s Home.

They can donate a gift for each child whose name and wish list are on display on the Christmas tree placed at the mall’s atrium in Gurney Drive.

Those who would like to grant a child’s wish can pick a wishlist card and drop off their gifts to the concierge at Level 1 by Dec 21.

Mall owner Hunza Properties Berhad’s executive Khor Tze Ming said the company has been holding this charity drive over the years as the spirit of giving is always close to their hearts.

“Our project is unique because shoppers are encouraged to go beyond giving donations; instead shoppers are encouraged to participate by personally picking out the gifts to fulfil the wishes of the beneficiaries

“This year is no exception as it is not about the biggest nor most prettily wrapped presents; it is more about the time and effort our shoppers take to find and buy the perfect Christmas presents for these kids.

“This is to show them that they have not been forgotten this festive season. If there is a time to show the true meaning of Christmas – the spirit of giving and spreading joy – it is this year,” she said in an interview.

Khor added that apart from the “Grant A Wish” charity drive, shoppers can look forward to the Christmas market held at the mall’s atrium from Dec 16 to 26.

“There will be an array of activities and shopping treats showcasing a wide selection of festive sweets and treats, handicrafts and meaningful gifts at the Christmas market.”

To add to the festive cheer, a special lighting projection will take place at the Festive Square (al fresco area facing Gurney Drive) from Dec 6 to February next year in the evenings.

For more information, visit www.gurneyparagon.com or their Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/gurneyparagon).

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