10 Ways to Pay It Forward This Christmas

Christmas is a season of giving, and a time to share joy and happiness. Here are 10 ways you can pay it forward to spread some Yuletide cheer this holiday season.

1. Support a local children’s home

This holiday season, do consider reaching out to those who live within our midst and need support from their communities. If you live in or near Aljunied GRC, do consider volunteering with or donating to homes like the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home, Pertapis or the Ramakrishna Mission’s Boys’ Home.

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2. Help the Boys’ Brigade to Share-a-Gift

Donate essential food items such as cooking oil, condiments and halal canned food to the Boys’ Brigade’s Share-a-Gift project which ends on 17th December 2015. Since 1988, the Boys’ Brigade has used the project to deliver gifts to more than 6000 low-income households and 200 Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs). The project’s donation drop-off locations include various NTUC outlets at Thomson Plaza, Bedok Mall and next Mall amongst others. Find out more at http://www.bbshare.sg

3. Enjoy an evening of comedy with a cause at ‘Crazy Christmas – A groundNutcracker’

Dream Academy’s Crazy Christmas play is back at the Esplanade again this year starring renowned local celebrities such as the Dim Sum Dollies and Kumar who promise to deliver their characteristic comedy sprinkled with our favourite Christmas tunes. Join the cast in supporting the Emma Yong Fund which supports local theatre practitioners suffering from cancer or other critical illnesses as well as the elderly folks from NTUC Eldercare Trust’s Henderson Senior Activity Centre.

Tickets are available from Sistic and the play runs until 19th December 2015.

4. Light up the lives of the terminally ill

HCA Hospice Care provides medical services to more than 3800 terminally ill patients islandwide as well as psycho-social support for patients and caregivers. This Christmas, you can support HCA in its efforts by donating to them.

5. Combat climate change this Christmas

Everyone can play their own part in reducing Singapore’s carbon footprint. Spare a thought for the planet by following the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) tips for a greener Christmas – opt for public transport when visiting relatives and recycle as much as possible when cleaning up the house. Better still, support the WWF’s Rewrap Project to reduce our waste. Head on down to nex Mall until 15th December or IMM until 20th December to use their free ‘rewrap’ service which uses newspapers and decorative WWF stickers to wrap your gifts.

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6. Help prepare or deliver meals for needy members of our society

You don’t need an A1 grade in Home Economics to qualify to volunteer for a day at Willing Hearts, an organisation that cooks and distributes about 4500 meals to the needy on a daily basis. Located at the Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub, Willing Hearts looks for volunteers to help prepare ingredients, deliver meals or even to help clean up the kitchen at the end of the day.

7. Volunteer to help the visually handicapped

Not all of us are fortunate to see how colorful Christmas can get. Volunteer with the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) to use your skills to help the visually impaired experience the world around them better – whether it is through teaching them a new language, how to play an instrument or by transcribing a book into Braille for their reading pleasure.

8. Contribute to the Workers’ Party Youth Wing’s Festive Donation Drive

In the spirit of the festive period, the Workers’ Party Youth Wing is holding a private donation drive for a local home providing care for the disabled. Come down to one of our following grassroots events from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm to donate items like food (e.g.: coffee, tea, eggs, potatoes, peanut butter, etc.) and medical or cleaning supplies (e.g.: adult pampers, latex gloves, towels, brooms, etc.). Please contact Ron Tan to find out what items you can bring to contribute at ron.tan@wp.sg.

19th December 2015 (Saturday)
Hougang SMC’s Jolly Joyous Christmas Party
@ BLK 332 Hougang Ave 5

20th December 2015 (Sunday)
Aljunied GRC’s Christmas Crescendo (Bedok Reservoir – Punggol Division)
@ Hougang Central Hub (outside Hougang Mall)

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9. Become a Volunteer with the Workers’ Party!

Join the Workers’ Party’s group of volunteers from all walks of life to engage in activities that aim to give back to society. These have included outreach activities such as divisional food distribution to rental blocks in our constituencies and the WP Community Fund’s (WPCF) local excursion trips with kids from low-income families to explore the sights and sounds of Singapore.

10. Pay it forward with a random act of kindness

This December, aim to do something nice for the people around you spontaneously. Give up your seat on a crowded train, get to know a new family in your block, support a small family-owned business in your neighbourhood or report an estate maintenance issue you come across on our e-Link@AHTC app.