By Mei Kuan
Wednesday, November 25 saw the online launch of the Remember Christmas (#rememberchristmas) project by The Salvation Army Ipoh to spread holiday cheers to the community.
“Christmas is a time of sharing and although this year will be different because of the pandemic, it is still important to celebrate for the sake of the children. We have prepared a number of special projects for this Christmas period,” explained Nigel Jones, the Secretary of The Salvation Army Ipoh Centres.
In view of the CMCO, the Facebook page of the non-profit organisation serves as the central communication platform.
“Our centres have put up extra-special Christmas decorations. The decorations, which include recycled materials, help to create a festive atmosphere and the residents have been helping in the preparations with painting and decorating. Although very few visitors are allowed into the homes during the CMCO, we will be sharing the children’s excitement in the build-up to Christmas Day through photographs and videos of the Christmas scenes,” he added.
One can look forward to festive stalls at each of the homes selling ornaments, decorations (some of which are made by the residents), fruit cakes, cookies and other interesting Christmas items. Plus, these goodies are available to be purchased online.
A wish list has been made by the children for their Christmas presents and it’s to be posted on its Facebook page. Members of the public will be able to sponsor a present by making a purchase online and having it delivered to the centres and then given to the children on Christmas Day.
“The Salvation Army Centres in Ipoh (Children’s Home, Boys Home, Old Folks Home & Community Services) need the continued support of the public, and although we are not able to hold our Christmas Kettle stands this year in Ipoh shopping areas, we are appealing for financial support by way of online donations,” Nigel expressed.
Readers who would like to lend a helping hand can donate to the following Maybank accounts (tax deductible):
Ipoh Boys’ Home 5005 1196 0230
Ipoh Children’s Home 5005 1196 0246
Perak Home for the Aged 5005 1196 0304
For further information on contributions and the children’s wish list, call 05 254 9767 or 012 372 1014 (WhatsApp).
The Salvation Army Ipoh Centres are located at 4367, Jalan Tambun, 31400 Ipoh.
Founded in Malaysia in 1938, The Salvation Army in Malaysia provides care for the vulnerable and needy. It provides residential care for children and the elderly, educational programmes through kindergartens and day care centres, a special needs centre for young people with disabilities, and various social programmes through community service centres among others. Efforts also include emergency relief services in times of crisis. To learn more, visit www.salvationarmy.org/malaysia