Hello, is it 7979？ Story from Family Crisis Intervention Programme · Written by Tang
“Hello, is it 7979? Aunty needs food, can you help me?”
When the government announce for MCO once again on 1st June 2021, many factories were forced to shut down. Sister Ying who was folding packaging boxes at home was also being affected and lost her income.
Sister Ying moved to Serdang alone many years back after an unsuccessful marriage. She stayed at 1st floor of a shop lot, stand on her own feet with little that she got. During the first MCO, she carried on a simple life with her savings. Finally, the factory start operates again after a long wait. But little did she know that another hit came before she managed to recover from her loss.
Sister Ying is very friendly; she has good interpersonal relationship with others. During the most difficult time when she had only bread and water, her friends will occasionally help her. Sometimes, they would introduce and connect her with available resources.
“Sister Ying, now many merchants have responded to the “White Flag Movement”, have you tried applying for aid from any of them?” 7979 Department co-worker asked.
“Yes, aunty did called. But they ask for aunty’s payslip and I don’t have, so aunty can’t apply.” Furthermore, 7979 co-worker found that Sister Ying owed electricity and water bills for some time. Very soon, utilities supply might be cut off.
Luckily, Petra Christian Church 7979 Holistic Care Station was located nearby to Sister Ying’s place. When they got to know about this, the station manager immediately contacted her. They not only helped her to apply for emergency aid fund, but also bought her some dried food. Sister Ying no longer needs to live on bread and water only.
The manager shared with us, sister Ying was so grateful when she received the fund and the food. Even though that is the first time they meet and with safety distance, he can strongly felt it. After that, each time during phone call, she also expresses her gratitude.
Although sister Ying is illiterate, but through the phone call, the church shared with her the important point in “Blessing At Your Doorstep”, encouraged her that even during difficult time, we can stay positive. Now, the factory had started to operate, her income had also back to normal. She is very thankful that during the most difficult time, the church helps and stays through with her; she is looking forward to join church service soon.