I keep saying that my family does not celebrate Christmas, but today we did yet another thing that is laced with Christmas spirit: playing Santa to a bunch of kids in an orphanage. We visited a placed in Klang* called Good Samaritan Home bearing the gift of 20 school bags.
How did this thing happen?
- The brother provided the gift of promise – He visited this place before, and on his previous visit, he promised new school bags for the kids on the coming Christmas.
- Dad provided the gift of bags – I mentioned before, my dad is in the school bags business, didn’t I?
- I provided the gift of delivery – Dad was busy with work and the brother had to go somewhere for an appointment first, so I fetched mom and carried the bags with my car, from Ampang** all the way to the orphanage in Klang.
We met up at the orphanage at noon (me and mom in 1 car, the brother and girlfriend in another car). I thought I was going to take lots of pictures for the blog, but when I set my foot into the house, I was suddenly overwhelmed by a strange feeling. I can’t think of an appropriate word to describe that feeling, it is a feeling that tells me it is inappropriate to take photos of the kids going about their lives there. So the only photo that I took is this big banner that they have hanging on their porch.
And maybe a photo of the school bags that we brought for them.
This is not a very poor and shabby orphanage by all means. The place is clean and food is in abundance. In fact, when we called up the day before, we were specifically reminded not to bring food items unless if it is a cooked meal for them.
And they don’t accept monetary donations. They only ask that we bring either:
- Things that the kids need (call up front to ask before making a visit), like the school bags that we brought.
- Things that we no longer need, they also double up as recycle hub, they will salvage useful things from rubbish and then distribute the useful things between the kids of the orphanage, or to the nearby needy, single parent families.
Apparently, they have a strict policy in place. They have a cap of 31 resident kids, and they only accept kids that are orphaned or the custody officially signed over by the parents. Once any kid joined their home, he/she will remain with the home until they are 18 and then allowed to decide what he/she wants to do with life. Apparently there are already a few kids who grew up in that home, graduated and went to work in Singapore and KL. We also met an accounting student and two law students.
Anyway, in case you are interested to donate items or get rid of unwanted items and have no idea where to send them to, you might consider this Good Samaritan Home. Contact details and the faces of the good samaritans in the picture below:
*Klang is a township 40 kilometers west of Kuala Lumpur. It is a township by the sea. The biggest port in Malaysia, Port Klang, is located in Klang.
**Ampang is where my home is, it is right next to Kuala Lumpur, on the east side. Ampang to Klang is 50 kilometers of highway + small roads, or about 1 hour drive.
I arrived earlier than the brother, so we drove to the row of shops nearby to see if there’s anything interesting. We noticed this obscure looking shop with no name and signboard. There was a constant flow of customers going in and then coming out with bags of what appears to be foodstuff.
Curious, we stopped the car and went into the shop to investigate..
Hohoho! Assorted Nyonya kuih (pastries), made and sold fresh! Judging by how they were selling non stop, I suspect this shop is famous, at least among the Klang locals. So we did the only sensible thing that any sensible human will do: squeezed in and bought some noms.
I have no idea what kuih this is, warm and soft glutinous thing with shredded coconut filling wrapped with banana leaf. It is delicious!