BB seeks your Christmas gifts for over 40,000 needy people

The Boys' Brigade plans to collect and distribute gifts to a record 40,700 people this year, up from last year's 30,300.

SINGAPORE - The worn-out bag Mr See Say Beng has been carrying for years did not go unnoticed by Bishan Home Day Activity Centre staff.

The voluntary welfare organisation's (VWO) staff referred him to The Boys' Brigade Share-a-Gift project.

The charity drive then stepped in and on Tuesday gave the 25-year-old, who has mild intellectual disability, a spiffy new sling bag.

The annual Christmas drive aims to hand gifts to a record 40,700 people this year, up from last year's 30,300.

It will start collecting donations of household essentials, including rice and cooking oil, on Nov 20. It also hopes to fulfil about 8,000 wishes from people for specific items such as teddy bears and new beds.

Project chairman Lui Chong Chee said this year's target is "ambitious", adding that it was set higher due to more requests from ComCare programmes and VWOs for household essentials.

Mr Lui believes people will support: "We, who have been more blessed, should reach out to those who have less."

The Share-a-Gift drive ends on Dec 18. The public can deposit their donations in 13 boxes across the island and help deliver the gifts on Dec 7 and Dec 14.

Those who wish to help in the delivery or find out more about the specific gifts needed can call 1800-227-4273 or sign up online at

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