Meals on wheels, we did something special on Chinese New Year Eve 年除夕. I mobilised three chaps to help deliver meals to the elderly.
Meals on Wheels is organised by Touch Community, more details here.
Everyone is busy with work and home-cleaning, but old folks still need to have their meals.
It was a hot day. We got 16 meals to deliver before we head home for our own reunion dinner 团圆饭. Told the kids that not everyone has a family to celebrate Chinese New Year together.
I hope they get the hint that FAMILY matters.
Tasks for kid.
They got to navigate the lifts and stairways to find the correct unit. Some blocks are U-shape and there might be up to four lifts for you to explore :p
Some help me to key in the next postal code or help me plan the “route”.
Some help me to arrange the meals in order.
Family effort 🙂
They took up the challenge, perhaps they found the experience similar to a treasure hunt? Be it sense of achievement or feel-good, I am super proud of the kids’ involvement in charity.
Along the way, we got to enjoy scenic vantage points. Example high rise city view from Bendemeer or the unique “slopes” skyline of Potong Pasir.
There are so many symmetries in our urban landscapes.
Delivery done, we are ready to head home.
Fortunately, the rain managed to hold.
Meals on Wheels Tips:
We were delivering from Touch HQ at Toa Payoh Lorong 1 Block 173.
(delivered 16 packs to 14 homes in Bendemeer and Potong Pasir)
-Volunteers are delivering two meals per day, every day. Choose lunch or dinner delivery, each session will be 2 to 3 hours
-You can form your own group (friends or corporate), designate one driver and the rest “runners”
-Take note volunteers will absorb petrol, ERP, carpark fees etc
Two main activities for volunteers:
-The most challenging portion is the packing. We need to ensure we pack the correct meals (example halal, non-halal ). Nobody wants to deliver the wrong meals and delay someone’s dinner
-Every group will be given a delivery list. Just GPS to the units and deliver
-If in doubt, ask. There is a mobile “hotline” if volunteers needs assistance
ps.. Families might be keen to contribute more to charity with kids. I have list some of our (old and new) volunteering experiences below.