Welfare group delivers Christmas gifts to migrant workers and seeks volunteers to help

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ItsRainingRaincoats delivers Christmas gifts to migrant workers across the island

As the holiday season approaches, many of us spend the holidays with our friends and family.

But not everyone has the privilege. This Christmas, welfare group ItsRainingRaincoats hopes to pass on some of the holiday cheer and spirit to migrant workers in Singapore.

Since early December, ItsRainingRaincoats volunteers have been traveling around the island delivering gifts to workers at construction sites and dormitories.

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The welfare group is also collecting gift-wrapped donations and is looking for volunteers by January 10.

Christmas gifts to thank migrant workers

Since December 10, ItsRainingRaincoats has been leading its #WeHaveADream initiative, collecting Christmas gifts for migrant workers.

Once the gifts were collected, volunteers young and old helped wrap them using festive wrappings.

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The gifts were then distributed to migrant worker recreation centers. Hardworking volunteers also acted as “Santas”, delivering the gifts to construction sites and dormitories.

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ItRainingRaincoats shared that while the gifts were just tokens of love and gratitude for the migrant workers, they hope it will also bring them festive joy.

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Hope to reach more workers

This is the 4th year of ItsRainingRaincoats #We have a dream initiative to appreciate our migrant workers during the holiday season.

They added that given the difficult year workers have had, there are even more reasons to make this year special for them.

The welfare group continued that while volunteers walk around with colorful gifts every day, there are still many more workers without gifts.

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Elaborating, the group said there were more than 700,000 migrant workers in Singapore. Currently, ItsRainingRaincoats has only managed to reach around 10% of them, having given away around 70,000 gifts.

Looking for volunteers to help

ItsRainingRaincoats also took advantage of the change to urge the public to support their cause which runs from now until January 10.

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If you are hoping to give gifts, here are some gift ideas that can be considered:

  • Electronics – power banks, Bluetooth headphones
  • Clothing and accessories – caps, sunglasses, socks
  • Kitchen appliances – hot plates, kettles
  • Tiger balm (or similar ointments)
  • Toiletries – body wash and shampoo
  • Umbrellas, raincoats
  • Towels
  • Backpack
  • 2 liter water bottles

Note that all gifts must be new and unwrapped. They can be dropped off at several places island-wide.

You can also volunteer to be a “Christmas Santa Claus” to help deliver gifts directly to workers.

Otherwise, consider sponsor meals, sweets, chocolates or care packs to give workers a festive treat.

Members of the public can also donate directly to ItsRainingRaincoats here. The funds will be used to purchase essential items such as meals and groceries.

Contribute to the cause until January 10

It’s been another tough pandemic year for our migrant workers and celebrating the holiday season away from family can’t be easy.

Kudos to ItsRainingRaincoats and their volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to spread Christmas cheer to our migrant workers.

The #WeHaveADream initiative runs from today until January 10. You can visit here for more information.

Do you have any news you need to share? Contact us by email at [email protected]

Featured image adapted from ItsRainingRaincoats on Facebook.

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