News report from channelnewsasia.com (13/12/2008):
Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box project falls short of target by about 60%
The Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box began its delivery of presents on Saturday to more than 18,000 beneficiaries.
Delivery was done in style this year with a convoy of 28 Rav4 cars led by four Harley Davidson motorbikes.
Fifteen youths from Beyond Social Services, a charity organisation, also joined in the delivery of food hampers to needy families.
The youths are hamper recipients themselves and wanted to pay it forward in spreading the Christmas cheer.
But this year, there may not be enough food to deliver.
At this time last year, 60 per cent of what was needed was already collected from the public.
This time round, only half that amount has been collected and the project is just six days away from closing.
Churches like the New Creation Church are responding to this call.
The church is holding a one-day collection for its 18,000 members to donate daily essentials to the Gift Box on Sunday at Suntec City.
Yesterday morning, I went bright and early (to avoid the weekend crowd) to the NTUC Fairprice supermarket near my home and happily bought some instant noodles, cereal and biscuits in preparation for our church's charity drive today.
This morning, I brought the groceries to the counter set up outside the overflow room at the Suntec Convention Centre and I am happy to report that there were already many shopping bags collected when I got there.
It is a joyful experience to be able to render help to the needy. The poor cannot help the poor. I don't understand why some Christians are so opposed to our church preaching about prosperity. They think that we are being worldly.
However, Jesus himself said in Matthew 6:31-33 that our heavenly Father knows that we need all these things (food and clothing), and all these things will be added to you when you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. This is what NCC has been teaching us all this while, seeking God's righteousness and prospering the bible way.
We are taught it is God who gives us the power to create wealth (Deut 8:18). We are taught that we are blessed to be a blessing. We are taught that wealth flows through (not into) us. Anything wrong with that kind of teaching?
There's still 6 more days before the Sharity Gift Box closes. Be a blessing, it's still not too late!