Feeding and Clothing the Street People
On 20 July 2010, fifteen staff of PPB Group Berhad and their family members gathered at Grace Community Centre located at Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur to participate in a "Feeding and Clothing Programme" for the street people.
The Feeding and Clothing Programme spearheaded by Grace Community Services began in 2002 and every Sunday, the street people will gather at the regular meeting point at Jalan Masjid India to collect free food and clothes. Running simultaneously with the said programme, is the Clinic for the Poor where free medical services are provided.
Life is very difficult for the street people who are known as the "sampah masyarakat". They are rejected by their friends, family and the public. They cannot meet their basic necessities and many times it is not really their choice to be homeless. Some are living on the streets because of their past involvement in drugs and crime resulting in their inability to secure employment. What they need is a listening ear, basic necessities and a smile that will give them a sense of acceptance and encouragement.
PPB contributed 700 pieces of new track pants and jeans; 1000 pieces of toothbrushes; and 30 dozens of towels, socks and underwear each towards the Clothing Programme. In addition, PPB sponsored delicious nasi lemak from the famous Alor Corner Nasi Lemak, biscuits, milo drinks, bananas and cheese buns specially baked by FFM Berhad, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PPB which were all distributed to 280 hungry street people on the said Sunday. One could see how happy and thankful the street people were when they received their food which they ate heartily.
The volunteers from PPB assisted in preparing the drinks, packing new clothings and toiletries given by PPB before distributing them to the street people. Although there was much work to be done and the staff had sacrificed their Sunday afternoon for the event, many expressed happiness at being able to contribute to a meaningful cause. It was truly an eye-opener for those who volunteered. Seeing the need of the street people, some of PPB volunteers have decided to make avail themselves on a regular basis to assist in Grace's Feeding and Clothing Programme. Many sympathised with the elderly and hoped that PPB's giving and caring, is able to lift their spirits a little and hopefully, one day they are able to escape from the rut they are living in.
For those who wish to contribute towards Grace Community Feeding and Clothing Programme, you may contact Mr Richard Thong at 016-3096340.