The food bank offers basic food supplies such as rice and cooking oil.
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A generous family living in Section 19, Shah Alam, are being praised online after organising a free food bank to help those who are financially struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The family provided basic food items, such as cooking oil, bags of rice, sugar, canned mackerel, flour, and condensed milk and set up the food bank just in front of their house. All members of the public were welcomed to come and self-collect whatever they needed from the stock available.
Just want to help
Speaking to TRP, Marissa Zahara Binti Maslan, 24 shared that her parents, Maslan Urmin and Juraidah Atin organised the food bank solely to help the needy who have been financially affected by the pandemic.
They’re both very random and the easiest way to describe it is probably “suka-suka je buat” no special occasion, they just wanted to share a portion of what they earn with others who may need it most.Marissa Zahara Binti Maslan
Marissa shared that her parents did the shopping for the supplies themselves, while putting her and siblings in charge of distributing and monitoring the food supply at the food bank.
As it was their first time organising such an effort, Marissa said it was pretty challenging to keep everything in order and ensuring there was enough food to go around.
The main concern was definitely not being able to provide for everyone and having to turn some people away when we ran out.Marissa Zahara Binti Maslan
She said the response was so overwhelming that her father had to make 2-3 extra trips to the store to buy more supplies, adding that although the food bank was yesterday (30 Jan), the family still has people ringing their doorbell today to ask for some food.
In a follow-up to her original tweet, she said all the items had been successfully donated in less than 2 hours after her first post, adding that another food bank will be organised by her family next week.
UPDATE: Less than 2 hours after this tweet, and we’re out! Thank you everyone for your kind words. Just a small gesture from our family to help those in need, and we’ll do this again next week 😊♥️ pic.twitter.com/jMQrhWF4Wr— MARISSA (@marixaza) January 30, 2021
According to Marissa, her family is pleased to have been able to help more than 100 people and their families during yesterday’s event.
We’re just an everyday ordinary family who is truly humbled and grateful for being able to do this while receiving positive and kind words from so many people. Thank you.Marissa Zahara Binti Maslan
In less than 24 hours, Marissa’s tweet has garnered over 26.4K likes, and more than 31K retweets.
Most of the responses were of people praising and praying for Marissa’s family, wishing them good health and ease in their endeavours so that they can continue helping those in need.
I found this tweet on my timeline and I’m from Indonesia. I just wanted to say you and your family are so kind and thoughtful and may God gives you a lot of blessings😇 Have a nice day!🤍— f(lexi)n’🤍 (@pinkytiff801) January 30, 2021
Some also took the opportunity to promote other similar free markets nationwide, such as the one organised by the Multiracial Reverted Muslims’s (MRM) at MyKampung FreshMart in Section 24, Shah Alam which is also offering basic food supplies for free to those who need it, regardless of their race or religion.
For those in need of basic food supply, can come at MyKampung Fresh Mart seksyen 24 Shah Alam to get it for free.— Abu Hamza (@abu_hamza91) January 30, 2021
Or, can apply financial aid in the link below:-https://t.co/EXK2KbvnjK
Anyone can apply regardless their race and religion. #COVID pic.twitter.com/uxErx4fFVp
We often assume that in times of emergencies, people will automatically start to panic and look out only for themselves.
Yet, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that in reality, people tend to act in solidarity and turn toward each other with a sense of togetherness. They volunteer, donate supplies, spread goodwill, strengthening social bonds and helping everyone to be resilient, together.
If you’re able to, donate to your local charity organisations, or just show some kindness to help those around you. It’s all about #kitajagakita now.
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