Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBM) continues its tradition of spreading joy as its employees spent the day putting smiles on the faces of children from 3 charitable homes – Angels Children’s Home, Agathians Shelter and House of Joy for its annual ‘Christmas in a Shoebox’ initiative.
This year, MBM hosted 46 children between the ages of 4 and 12 years to a day of fun and games. Held at RUANG in SS 18, Subang Jaya, this year’s ‘Christmas in a Shoebox’ allowed the children to enjoy such activities as a Christmas-themed sand-art session, cupcake decorating with assorted edible toppings for the children to decorate freely, and a wristband handicraft session. The children also had the opportunity to test their creativity and problem-solving skills using Lego and jigsaw puzzle sets. The activities were specially designed for the children to express themselves and at the end of the day, take home their masterpieces as a treasured memory.
A strong supporter and indeed the driving force of the ‘Christmas in a Shoebox’ initiative is MBM President and CEO, Dr Claus Weidner. “The festive season is a time of giving and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is happy to bring some cheer to the children in the form of warmth, togetherness and gifts. We are very passionate about doing our part in giving back to the community and truly enjoy spending time with these young people from various backgrounds and hearing their stories and dreams. It is also very heartening to see our employees band together to volunteer their time, talent and kindness to make ‘Christmas in a Shoebox’ a success every year,” said Dr Weidner.
Special appearances by Santa, clowns Rara and Kiwi, and MBM’s Mobile Kids mascot, MoKi, made it more special for the children, especially when the characters gave out special Christmas gifts to the children. Each gift was personalized to the child as it was based on their respective wish lists. The gifts were personally picked out and packed in Mercedes-Benz backpacks by volunteers from MBM, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia and TSS Malaysia.
This year marks the 9th year of this initiative, which has reached over 290 from over 20 homes.