By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Jan 16: The Salvation Army Kuching Corps is appealing to generous individuals and corporations to lend a helping hand to those affected by the recent floods in Kuching.
The Salvation Army Kuching Corps in a press statement said it is currently seeking kind-hearted individuals and corporations to donate the following items urgently to the families to lighten their load when they return to their respective homes.
The items include cleaning tools (bleach, cleaning detergent, mop, broom, shovel, rubber gloves, etc), stationeries, (pens, pencils, colouring pencils, pencil sharpeners), school uniforms, school bags and shoes (for primary and secondary school students), groceries (rice, noodles, cooking oil, canned food, biscuits, etc), mineral water or drinking water, disposable face masks or cloth masks (for children and adults) and hand sanitisers.
It pointed out that all the items must be in good condition and delivered to The Salvation Army Kuching Corps and Community Services at Sekama Road by January 20.
For those who wish to contribute cash donations, The Salvation Army Corps said they can provide the funds through direct bank-in into the organisation’s (The Salvation Army) Maybank’s account.
It disclosed that the account number is 500511960365.
The organisation urges donors to send a copy of the banking transaction receipt by email to
email@example.com with the header “KUCHING FLOOD 2021” to obtain a tax-exempt receipt.
For more information, contact Captain Raymond at 082-333 981 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, the organisation said a team from The Salvation Army Kuching Corps made a visit to Stapok Community Hall recently, one of the 17 flood evacuation centres in Kuching.
It revealed that the team distributed noodles, rice, eggs, Milo, towels, biscuits, packet drinks and face masks to the flood victims.
It said children at the hall were also given snacks while the Social Welfare Department recorded 207 people or 58 families seeking temporary shelter at the location.
It added food aid was also distributed in flooded areas in Kampung Kudei, whereby there were a lot of villages there.
The Salvation Army Corp noted that the villagers were unable to evacuate due to the Covid-19 pandemic and were advised to remain on the top floors of their houses, while they waited for further assistance and for the floodwaters to subside.
It gathered that the villagers were also unable to buy groceries as the floodwaters prevented them from heading out of their villages.
The Salvation Army Kuching Corps’ officer Captain Raymond Rubi Aloba said, “The current Covid-19 pandemic is a spanner in the works as evacuation centres cannot accommodate too many people.
“In addition to food and water, people seeking temporary shelter at the centres also require face masks and hand sanitisers to ensure they protect themselves from the virus.
“They are also at risk of water-borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera as the flood water may carry those diseases, so cleanliness is essential,” he said. —DayakDaily
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Raymond (centre) and The Salvation Army Kuching Children’s Home Superintendent Captain Cathy Aloba (right) distribute chicken porridge and mineral water to one of the flood victims.
The team from The Salvation Army Kuching Corps giving away freshly made chicken porridge and mineral water to the flood victims.
A few members of the kitchen crew cook and pack chicken porridge for distribution to the flood victims.