Gaming operator SJM Holdings today announced the donation of 3,000 daily necessities baskets to be distributed to the elderly and family in need, due to the social and economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak in Macau.
The total value of the baskets is MOP1.5 million according to the group that operates 22 casinos in the gambling capital of the world and will be distributed through six local community associations.
The baskets will be distributed to “3,000 needy families in Macau, including lonely and vulnerable elderly people, single parents, chronically ill people and people with disabilities”, reads the statement from the group founded by gambling magnate Stanley Ho.
Each basket “contains rice, noodles, oats, canned food, toilet paper, masks, hand sanitizers and other daily necessities,” explained SJM, stressing that all products were purchased from local suppliers.
The products were donated via six local community associations, namely Macao Federation of Trade Unions, General Union of Neighbourhood Associations of Macau, The Women’s General Association of Macau, Caritas Macau, Macau Special Olympics and Macau Association of the Hearing Impaired.
In early February, the group announced a MOP20 million donation to buy protective equipment and medical supplies to help prevent and combat the disease in China’s Hubei province.
Announcements of donations by gambling operators and companies in the city, whether for money or other anti-epidemic equipment such as masks and disinfectants, have been practically daily since the outbreak began.
There have been no new cases of infection for 36 days, Macao registered ten patients, all of whom have already been discharged.
The Covid-19 epidemic, detected in December in China, has already claimed more than 4,200 deaths.
About 117,000 people have been infected in more than a hundred countries, and more than 63,000 have recovered.