A rare silver lining which rose from this pandemic are the Samaritans who put the needs of others before theirs. Despite the stress around the pandemic, their main concern was to help people in need. Among these Samaritans are Janet and Derek from Sengkang, Singapore, who founded an organization called Food Rescue Sengkang. This organization “rescues” leftover food from wholesalers, restaurants and bakeries and donates it to the needy.
Their story was shared anonymously to nominate them for Mediacorp’s Ode to Our Invisible Heroes initiative.
How are they dealing with the Circuit Breaker?
Due to the CB in Singapore, the livelihood of many people have been affected and the demand for fruits and vegetables have increased. Rising to the occasion, Janet and Derek have been “rescuing” more fruits and vegetables and distributing it. The tedious labour did not deter them one bit at all.
Must Share News reported that no matter how exhausted they are, they will make sure to respond to anyone who needs their help. Besides obtaining food from wholesalers, the couple also invested their own money in giving 10 sets of $100 (approx. RM307) grocery vouchers to people facing hardships due to the pandemic.
They fed around 200 families in ONE day last April
The team managed to obtain rice, onions, bread and fruits last April to distribute it to the less fortunate. They even stocked community fridges in Punggol with bananas, lettuce, and oranges.
Their story and dedication reached the people of Sengkang and they’ve been getting more and more volunteers! Janet and Derek feel that despite their physical exhaustion, they feel the warmth of the community and that they’re glad they could help at a time when it is most needed.
“One small step is all it takes to make a difference in the lives of others, and we are glad we took that step.”
Janet and Derek are heroes who sacrifice their time and money to help others without expecting anything back. Kudos to this selfless couple and their team, we hope you continue your valiant effort!
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