Reselling of donations

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The vouchers circled in red are donated by the NTUC FairPrice Foundation – CDC Milk Fund. As stated on the website, “to help parents provide the needed nourishment for their young children, the five CDCs and NTUC FairPrice Foundation launched a milk fund on 11 February 2017 to provide $1.5 million worth of milk vouchers for up to 7,500 children from low-income families”.

The 2 listings shown are not the only ones. There are more listings further down the page and probably also sold / deleted listings that don’t show up in the search.

Obviously, these children don’t need the nourishment from milk, since their family is selling off the vouchers for quick cash. But parents know best, right?

Yes, 99.99% of the recipients are honest, responsible parents who sincerely want to provide the best for their children, but lack the means. But not everyone is like that! Just assuming everyone is trustworthy doesn’t work.

If this reselling goes on, after the sellers get the cash, where does it go? Nutritious food for the family, or beer and cigarettes?

These milk vouchers are unmarked and no identification is required to use them. So it is a simple matter to sell them off and for unrelated people to use them. In contrast, the NS50 vouchers are all labelled with the recipient’s names and IC numbers to ensure that they are not stolen or used by unauthorised persons.

If a donor takes precautions to ensure that the donation reaches the intended recipient and to prevent unauthorised use of the donation, this would be responsible, not unreasonable. Why shouldn’t there be restrictions on who can use the vouchers?

If the parents legitimately need money for some other purpose, isn’t it unethical to use the child’s needs as a false front to get the money?

Perhaps I am being too harsh, but I personally feel that “no strings attached” is the wrong attitude towards donations.

PS: On a related note, if you encounter people asking for money “for transport because they lost their wallet” or “no money to buy food”, don’t give it to them. Buy the ticket or food and hand the item to them. Never give them cash directly. If they are genuinely in need, they shouldn’t reject this. If it’s a scam, they will only want cash.

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