18 October 2017
28 Muharram 1439
As part of IMSSA’s ‘Blessings To All’ initiatives during festive seasons, this Deepavali, 200 Muslim and non-Muslim families received packed lunch consisting of Bee Hoon and vegetarian porridge and Indian delights – Vadeh (Indian savoury), Paayasam (Indian dessert) and handmade Murukku in bottle from IMSSA volunteers on the 18th of October 2017, Wednesday, on Deepavali.
The team started preparations for the initiative about a month ago where different group of volunteers – ladies, parents, youth and children, were engaged to do their part for the project. To ensure that the Indian savouries and desserts were included in the packed lunch, much effort was put into planning and executing the project. While most ladies and youth made murukku at home with their families and packed it with love, parents and children came down on the day to help out with the distribution. An overwhelming response of more than 200 bottles of murukku were received as donations from our volunteers. More than 100 volunteers gathered at Al-Muttaqin mosque on the early morning of Deepavali to make porridge, Bee Hoon, Paayasam and fry Vadeh.
Cooking preparations started at 6 a.m. in the morning. The cooked food was then packed by the packing team, ensuring that everyone received generous portions of the items. The food was all packed and ready for distribution by noon. More than 60 volunteers of all ages came together to give away the packed lunch and festive goodies to needy families residing in Block 123 and 125, Ang Mo Kio Ave 6. Altogether a total of 200 needy families including residents from AWWA were delighted to receive the food with love.
The recipients expressed their heartfelt thanks to the volunteers and organisers for the food and handmade murukku. The volunteers and participants were grateful for the humbling opportunity to experience the joy of giving. It was yet another successful festivities project from IMSSA’s ‘Blessings to All’ team, to share its blessings with all – regardless of race and religion.
Wishing all, Happy Deepavali!