Nurse distributing carepacks motivated by elderly resident who invited her in, gave her bread and water

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For years, Miss Emily Yap has been delivering carepacks to the needy as part of her volunteer work.

The Alexandra Hospital nurse recalled the day when she was on the receiving end of another's kindness.

”I remember on one occasion while I was delivering carepacks, an elderly resident invited me into her flat and gave me a glass of water and a piece of bread," said Emily, 24.

"She said that I looked tired and told me to come inside and rest. So I sat with her and chatted for a while. The glass of water and bread tasted so good. I was thirsty and hungry, not having eaten anything that day.

"And as I sat in her living room, I saw that it was bare. She had so little and yet she gave me bread to eat.

"Sometimes the most generous people in life are the ones with nothing. The elderly resident was so sweet and my heart was full. And this has motivated me to continue paying it forward."

Last month, Emily continued to pay it forward by sharing the latest CDC vouchers she received from the Government to buy Chinese New Year goodies such as pineapple tarts and "love letters" for the less privileged.

She was among a group of volunteers who delivered carepacks to 50 such households in Clementi.

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“I am grateful for the opportunity to spread CNY cheer by delivering festive carepacks to the vulnerable and needy," said Emily.

"Kindness is the thread from which we weave our social fabric."

Previously, Stomp reported her delivering CNY carepacks to migrant workers in 2022 and the elderly and families in need in 2023.