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BB Share a Gift 2016

It’s that time of the year! Once again, we are participating in the annual BB Share a Gift by buying groceries and delivering hampers. The kids have been part of this since 2012 and it’s something we intend to be part of every year.

While it’s actually not very convenient to bring the kids along for the delivery, we want them to be able to meet the recipients of the grocery items they have helped to purchase. It helps if you have a trolley to push the hampers on or you can request for some BB Boys to help with the heavy lifting.

So join us in bringing some cheer to the lives of the less fortunate this Christmas season! The beneficiaries are from some 7,108 households who are receiving assistance from Government-funded ComCare programmes and from 198 Voluntary Welfare Organisations.You can help by making donations at various locations, at any AXS station and online as well. You can also volunteer to deliver food hampers. Have a Heart, Share a Gift!

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delivering hope!

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loading up

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guarding the hampers

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ready to go!

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knock knock

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carrying the hampers in

 

BB Share-A-Gift Delivery 2014

It was raining quite heavily this morning and we just wanted to stay home and hide under the blankets, but we got out of the house anyway because we were going to deliver food hampers for BB Share-A-Gift!

The last couple of times we delivered food hampers, we only brought Anya along with us. However, my folks were out of town today so we lugged all three kids to BBHQ and then to Tanglin Halt. It certainly wasn’t easy, especially with the rain, but it was a meaningful experience for the whole family. I’m thankful that all (except one) of the blocks were close together and linked by sheltered walkways and that they had lifts serving every floor.

Adrian loading the food hampers in the rain

Adrian loading the food hampers in the rain

delivering the hampers

delivering the hampers

one of the beneficiaries

one of the beneficiaries

his first BB Share-A-Gift!

his first BB Share-A-Gift!

chatting with one of the beneficiaries

chatting with one of the beneficiaries

We don’t really have any family traditions for Christmas but this is something that we plan to do every year as a family. As we remember the reason for the season, we should also try to bring joy to the less fortunate at Christmas by giving of our time, money and energy!

Here’s how you can help:

  • Go to one of the donation locations and buy food items to donate. They need items like rice, biscuits, cooking oil, instant noodles, condiments, beverages and canned food (halal). You can also adopt wishes at some of the locations. The operating period is until 17 December 2014, 11.00 am to 9.00 pm daily.
  • Those unable to make a trip down to a donation location or who are overseas can make an online donation of food and household hampers valued at $30 or $50.
  • If you drive and have a vehicle, you can volunteer to deliver food hampers.
  • Already actively involved? Tell your friends and family about BB Share-A-Gift and get them involved as well! Like their Facebook page to be kept updated about the items they need.

Do join us in helping the beneficiaries of BB Share-A-Gift!

BB Share-A-Gift 2014

It’s that time of the year again! The Boys’ Brigade is collecting food and household items from the public to sort and pack into food hampers for beneficiaries, which will then be delivered to their homes. The BB Share-A-Gift project reaches out to more than 6,000 households who are receiving assistance from Government-funded ComCare programmes and from 202 Voluntary Welfare Organisations.

Every year, we take the kids to one of the donation locations to purchase food items for donation and we also volunteer to deliver food hampers. This year, we have gone one step further and are involved in the publicity materials as well!

Have a Heart, Share a Gift

Have A Heart, Share A Gift

There are many ways you can help:

  • Go to one of the donation locations and buy food items to donate. They need items like rice, biscuits, cooking oil, instant noodles, condiments, beverages and canned food (halal). You can also adopt wishes at some of the locations. The operating period is until 17 December 2014, 11.00 am to 9.00 pm daily.
  • Those unable to make a trip down to a donation location or who are overseas can make an online donation of food and household hampers valued at $30 or $50.
  • If you drive and have a vehicle, you can volunteer to deliver food hampers.
  • Already actively involved? Tell your friends and family about BB Share-A-Gift and get them involved as well! Like their Facebook page to be kept updated about the items they need.
picking out halal canned food

picking out halal canned food

passing our items to the Boys

passing our items to the Boys

We have completed one round of donating food items and will be delivering food hampers on Saturday. Do join us in helping the beneficiaries of BB Share-A-Gift!

The Boys’ Brigade Share-A-Gift

The Boys’ Brigade (BB) Share-A-Gift is a community service project that I’ve been supporting for many years now, first as a teacher-in-charge of BB in the school I was teaching in, then as a BB officer, and now with my family. We make it a point to take the kids to buy food items for donation to the project and to explain to them who gets the food and why they need it. Last year, we also delivered food hampers and we took part in the delivery this time around as well.

When we reported for our delivery duty last Sunday, we were quite irritated by the lack of order. It wasn’t clear which gate we were supposed to drive in by so cars were trying to enter and exit at the same time. There was a van blocking the driveway even though it had a reserved car park lot and there were several volunteers standing around obstructing traffic. We didn’t know who or where we were supposed to report to and there was no one to help us load the bags. I was a bit unhappy about all this because the project has been going on for about 25 years and a clear system should be in place so as not to waste volunteers’ time and efforts.

At the end of the day, although things could have been better run, I think it’s important to focus on the aims of the project. BB Share-A-Gift reaches out to many needy people in Singapore and it promotes the spirit of caring for and sharing with others.

While we were doing our delivery, one lady returned her food hamper to us. She said that even though her husband had had a stroke and could not work, she was still fortunate to have a job and could earn enough to sustain the two of them. And since the husband and wife were vegetarians, many of the items in the food hamper would not be consumed by them. She wanted us to give the food hamper to someone who needed it more than she did. It was a humbling lesson in graciousness for me.

So I will continue to support this project and I hope that other Singaporeans, regardless of race or religion, will do so as well. You can still make donations, online or otherwise, and volunteer to deliver food hampers. Have a Heart; Share a Gift.

wearing the Share a Gift badge

wearing the Share a Gift badge

all loaded up

all loaded up

taking the stairs

taking the stairs

delivering to families in one-room flats

delivering to families in one-room flats

BB Share-A-Gift Food Hamper Delivery

Besides buying and contributing food items to BB Share-a-Gift, we also volunteered to deliver food hampers and made our way to Kallang Coach Bay on Saturday afternoon. We were given 6 addresses to deliver to, with two food hampers for each address. After loading up the car with food hampers for delivery, we drove down to Bukit Merah View. All the recipients were old folks living on their own in 1-room flats.

Although she couldn’t carry any of the food hampers because they were very heavy, Anya helped by holding the lift door for us, looking for each unit, and pulling the trolley when it was empty. She was very friendly, said hello, shook hands, waved goodbye and didn’t complain a single time about the heat or anything.

I told Anya that the people we were delivering food hampers to were all as old as (or even older than) her Ah Zou (great grandmother) but without anyone to take care of them. Later, when she got two little kumquats from one kind old lady, she declared that she was going to keep one and give the other to her Ah Zou.

ready to go

ready to go

Anya dashing into the lift

Anya dashing into the lift

looking for the right home

looking for the right home

waving goodbye

waving goodbye

this house got two sets

outside another house

she was given two little kumquats

she was given two little kumquats

waiting to load up

waiting to load up

final delivery

final delivery

Bring some cheer to the lives of the less fortunate this Christmas season! You can help by making donations at various locations, at any AXS station and online as well. You can also volunteer to deliver food hampers. Have a Heart, Share a Gift!

BB Share-A-Gift + U Family NTUC Fairprice Voucher Giveaway

I haven’t been actively involved in The Boys’ Brigade for a while but I still try to contribute in some small way through the annual BB Share-A-Gift. This programme is supported by FairPrice and you can make donations at various locations, at any AXS station and online as well. You can also volunteer to deliver food hampers and we’ve signed up to do that this Saturday.

We dropped by FairPrice Finest at Bukit Timah Plaza earlier this evening to buy some food products to donate to BB Share-A-Gift and we managed to get quite a lot for about $40.

all this for about $40

all this for about $40

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the helpful BB Boy

I think it’s wonderful that Fairprice has been so supportive of this programme for so many years now, and I feel good about shopping at Fairprice because they have always actively reached out to the needy in the community.

And now, I have two $30 NTUC FairPrice vouchers to give away! Join U Family for free and receive updates on latest events and promotions for families. A welcome gift awaits all sign-ups till 31 December 2012. To stand a chance to win a $30 voucher:

1. Like the ‘In the Wee Hours’ Facebook page.
2. Sign up for U Family.
3. Leave a comment here with your name and email address. The email address is needed for verification purposes and must be the same as the one you used to sign up.

Terms & Conditions
a) There will be one winner for every 20 sign-ups, up to a maximum of 2 winners.
b) Winner(s) will be randomly chosen.
c) Winner(s) must be residing in Singapore.
d) Winner(s) must sign-up during the giveaway period to qualify.
e) Winner(s) will be contacted via email.
f) All decisions made are final.
g) Vouchers are sponsored and managed by U Family & its representing agency Dice Studio LLP.
h) U Family and Dice Studio LLP reserve the right to change the contents and the terms & conditions of the giveaway without prior notice.

Closing date: 9 Dec 2012, 11.59pm

Results:

congrats!

congrats!

Congratulations to Yvonne! You’ve won a $30 Fairprice voucher! It will be mailed to you by end-December. Thanks for taking part. :)

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