US embassy helps out the needy
The Star, April 7, 2016
By Teoh Xiu Jong
KUALA LUMPUR: The US Embassy here is among the busiest foreign missions in the country, yet it does not hesitate to lend a hand whenever help is needed.
This was proven yet again yesterday when 18 members of its consular section literally got their hands dirty, preparing hot meals for the less fortunate who frequent Carl’s Kitchen in Jalan Gereja.
Deputy consul-general Thad Ross said Carl’s Kitchen was chosen because it had also helped Americans who needed assistance here.
“Many people do not know that Malaysia has such a place for the unfortunate. There are many people who need a meal, so our ability to help feels wonderful,” he said.
The team raised RM1,400 and brought food items worth RM600. All 18 took turns to prepare the food.
Senior consular assistant Rachel Leow, 51, said the experience reminded her of how fortunate she was.
“I have a family who cares for me, have a roof above my head and I can enjoy meals prepared by my parents,” she said.
Consul-general Jessica Norris, who led the team, said: “We decided to step out of our comfort zone to help. We like how open Carl’s Kitchen is to everyone, serving the community on a routine schedule,” she added.
Neglected by her children, Wong, 72, was among the many who dropped by for a free meal.
“I did not take good care of myself when I was younger because I wanted to give the best to my children.
“But now that my children have grown up, they have neglected me,” she lamented, adding that her children did not even visit her these days.