Christmas comes early for 1,800 needy kids

They get to select two packs of toys to take home during the annual Toys Buffet

As a student ambassador of Damai Primary School, he led needy pupils from other schools around to choose the toys.

The event was the 10th annual Toys Buffet, organised by non-profit organisation Food from the Heart, held at the school yesterday.

Around 1,800 underprivileged children from 32 primary schools and welfare centres got to choose from 7,000 toys donated by 36 schools and companies.

Though he is under financial assistance, Muhammad Syahid Solihin Rosly didn't expect to get a toy of his own as he was on duty.

But the Primary 5 pupil was surprised with $150 worth of toys, including the one he had been coveting - an Extreme Bey Stadium of spinning tops.

Syahid was part of the Toys Buffet two years ago, so he understood how excited the other children were.

"It's worth volunteering. The toys are like a pay cheque. Usually, we don't have enough money to afford these expensive toys," he said.


The toys, both new and pre-loved, ranged from books and board games to stuffed toys and sports balls. Some of the pricier toys included scooters, Nerf guns and even bicycles.

Each child was entitled to two packs of toys.

Mr Agoes Djaja Supaat, 53, an engineering supervisor from Singapore Airlines Engineering Company, which donated some toys, said: "It's nice to look at all the children's happy faces. It feels good that we can give back in small ways."

Mr Anson Quek, 49, the executive director of Food from the Heart, said the Toys Buffet was like an early Christmas present for the kids.

Puteri Syafiqa, a Primary 3 pupil at Fengshan Primary School, picked two Angry Birds stuffed toys and also Tigress and Po of the Kung Fu Panda movies.

Puteri, whose father died before she was born and whose mother works as a cook in the St Anthony's Primary School canteen, said: "I felt very excited because I was going to get new toys and have fun with my friends."

It's nice to look at all the children's happy faces. It feels good that we can give back in small ways.

- Singapore Airlines Engineering Company representative Agoes Djaja Supaat


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