Team Ribbon is giving back to underprivileged children at The Salvation Army Ipoh, and here is how you can help.
With the festive season just around the corner, the team at Ribbon Gifting wanted to do something meaningful. They believe that the best part of gifting, after all, is about keeping people at heart.
Ribbon founder, Darren Lee, looked back in time and knew what the team needed to do this Christmas. Back in high school, he volunteered at The Salvation Army Ipoh and the experience taught him the importance of spreading cheer. So, this year on his birthday, Darren reconnected with the home and bought the children McDonald’s. He then continued to keep in touch with the caretaker, Aunty Swee Choo – this is how Darren learned that due to the pandemic this year, no corporate companies had reached out to buy gifts for the children at the home.
The Importance of Christmas Cheer
Major Chelvee Thangavelu, Social & Community Services Officer of The Salvation Army Ipoh, shared the importance of Christmas at the home and how the children would always look forward to receiving and unwrapping their gifts every year. As a former resident of The Salvation Army Ipoh herself, Major Thangavelu and her team began to work on an initiative to put a smile on the children’s faces as most of them come from broken homes and were put here to receive better education and have an overall better environment.
Ribbon Gifting has always been about the spirit of gifting, especially to underprivileged communities. So, the team immediately began to work together with the home to get the children’s wishlist for Christmas.
The Salvation Army Wishlist & Ribbon Marketplace
Here is how shoppers can give back. Anyone on the marketplace can make a child’s wish come through in three simple steps.
Step 1: Click on the virtual Christmas tree – each ornament is a gift for each child.
Step 2: Follow the prompt to purchase your gift with a purpose.
Step 3: Now, leave it to the Christmas elves at team Ribbon to deliver the gifts! Be sure to follow their Instagram @theribbonandco for updates.
Shoppers can buy gifts for the 48 children at here. If all the gifts have been purchased, be sure to donate directly to The Salvation Army Malaysia via their Christmas Kettling Online Donation site here as there are other centres and community projects that still require help in the midst of the pandemic.