Tuesday 6 August 2013

Free shopping for 3,000 Singaporeans

By Vimita Mohandas, Channel NewsAsia, 3 Aug 2013

Over 3,000 Singaporeans from low-income families enjoyed a free shopping experience at Chong Pang Community Club on Saturday.

The event is part of ongoing National Day celebrations.

Called the "HOME for National Day", the two-day shopping event allows underprivileged Singaporeans to shop for a set of brand new clothes for free.

The event was jointly organised by One Dream Initiative and Chong Pang Grassroots Organisations.

The community club was converted into a 'shopping centre', complete with refreshment areas, dressing rooms, mannequins, mirrors and photograph booths for an enhanced experience.

The clothes are donated by a retail franchise which wants to remain anonymous.

Female shoppers will be able to pick three items, while male shoppers can choose two.

Each shopper was also surprised with a "hongbao" (red packet) of $100 cash.

Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who is an MP for Nee Soon GRC, said: "We identified over 3,000 residents and we got together the donation and new clothes from various people from various companies.

"So, we brought the residents here, let them shop and surprised them with a S$100 'ang pow' as well.

"The residents are very happy. You can see the joy in their faces. It's also unique in the sense we are trying to get together the various community groups."

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