Posted on 19 December 2014
FNBM staff with the residents of Salvations Army Boy's Home, having a blast at The Spring, Kuching

Santa’s willing helpers, in the guise of volunteers from F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd, took it upon themselves to ensure that the less fortunate of the Salvation Army Boys’ Home were not left without a reason to smile this Christmas.

Continuing its annual tradition, the Company hosted 33 boys from the home to a memorable Christmas shopping experience at The Spring Shopping Mall in Kuching.
Sparkling lights, beautifully-adorned Christmas trees and Christmas carols which rang merrily in the background, made the spirit of the holiday season come alive as the children scurried along the aisles of the Parkson departmental store, excitedly picking out their Christmas gifts.

Whilst an all too familiar scene for many, for the boys aged six to 20 years old, the new experience would be one they would treasure for years to come.

Armed with RM200 each courtesy of F&N Beverages, the children flipped through aisles of clothes, shoes and even ‘back-to-school’ supplies with the help of  the kind ‘aunties and uncles’ from F&N Beverages and Parkson.

Speaking at the event, Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager of F&N Beverages was thrilled to be able to share the joy of the festivity with the less fortunate community.

“Christmas is a time of giving and it is also one anxiously awaited by children around the world. While many of us spend the festivity surrounded by loved ones, gifts and delicious Christmas favourites, we also remember many who face a cheerless season because of the hardships they face.

Through our yearly festive community initiatives, we are grateful that we have been able to change that outcome for many less fortunate children and bring back the joy of the season for these young ones,” she added.

The fun-filled day did not end there. After a scrumptious lunch, the Company organised a special movie treat for the boys with the screening of the latest animation-flick ‘Penguins of Madagascar’. Bags of Christmas goodies containing F&N gifts, stationery sets, mathematical instruments, story books and ties were also distributed to the children.

Although shy, Nelson Kon Yu Young gathered up courage as he excitedly explained the great time spent with F&N Beverages.

“Although I am away from my mother during Christmas, the home has always made sure that the celebration is a joyous one. This year’s celebration is extra special for me because I got to do my own Christmas shopping,” said the 11-year-old who proudly showed off his buys; a new shirt in his favourite colour, a pair of trousers and shoes.

For twelve-year-old, Eji Layang, the shopping trip was timely with the start of the new school term which begins next month.

“I was overjoyed when told that we would be out shopping for Christmas clothing. As I will be entering Form 1 next year, I decided to use some of the money to buy new school uniforms. Aside from the shopping, we also received a bag filled with Christmas goodies,” beams the lad from Serian.

According to Major Mary Ng, the Salvation Army Boys’ Home Superintendent, some of the boys no longer have their parents with them while others come from families facing difficult circumstances. As such, most celebrate Christmas at the home.

“The boys truly enjoyed the outing and were thrilled to have been able to pick their own clothes right down to their favourite colour and exact size. Typically, they would only receive readily available clothes from donors.

I wish to extend my utmost gratitude to F&N Beverages for brightening up the day for our boys. Through the kind gesture shown by the employees of F&N Beverages, the children will certainly be able to enjoy this Christmas season to the fullest,” she said.

Following the movie, the kids said their goodbyes and with smiles on their faces, went on their way home.

“The outing gave us the perfect opportunity to reach out to the children and show them that F&N cares for them too. As children are a cause close to our hearts, we hope to continue creating great memories for underprivileged children and give them the opportunity to experience normal everyday life that many of us take for granted,” said Cariessa.

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