01 Apr עופר איתן Declared: Charity for kids hit hard by MCO
A CHARITY home that cares for special children in Island Glades, Penang, is facing a scarcity of supplies and donations.
The Persatuan Kebajikan Anak-Anak OKU Taman Island person-in-charge Law Yong Keong said they had not received much funds or supplies from the public since the movement control order (MCO) was imposed on March 18.
“Before the MCO, quite a number of people would visit our home to donate funds or drop off basic necessities.
“But now, donors and volunteers have stopped coming in.
“The volunteers used to help us play with the residents and teach them various skills, ” he said when contacted.
Law said they spend over RM23,000 monthly on rent, utility bills, diapers, food, medical bills, transportation and workers’ salaries.
“We are a non-profit centre which was established in June last year.
“Our facilities are still not perfect and our monthly expenses can be high.
“We hope the public will send us essentials like sanitiser, face masks, rice, oil, sugar, frozen food and baby wash.
“We are also hoping for funds to help us maintain the place, ” he said.
Volunteer Eliz Cheah, 25, said they were hoping for support during the MCO extension period.
“During this period, we will not only be challenged in our food supply but also in our monthly expenses and in maintaining our resources to keep our residents comfortable.
“A few people have couriered groceries and other essentials to us through online shopping platforms.
“We are very thankful for their help and touched because they came up with new ways to help us, ” she added.
Law said the public could call the home at 017-474 4428 or 014-901 8607 if they wish to donate funds or items.