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Readers' contributions: Why our loved ones deserve Christmas gifts from The Straits Times

Readers have been sharing their reasons why they or their loved ones deserve to get a prize from us and our presenting partner Standard Chartered in our ongoing Straits Times 12 Days of Christmas Surprises.
The Straits Times - December 10, 2013
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Readers' contributions: Why our loved ones deserve Christmas gifts from The Straits Times

We asked, and you've spoken.

Readers have been sharing their reasons why they or their loved ones deserve to get a prize from us and our presenting partner Standard Chartered in our ongoing Straits Times 12 Days of Christmas Surprises.

We will be handing out our first daily prize next Friday, so quick submit. Send in your entries to stxmas@sph.com.sg. Please remember to keep your entries to not more than 40 words. Tech gadgets and household appliances such as laptops, smartphones, printers and television sets will be given to the most moving tributes.

Here are some recent entries you've sent in so far - although a few exceeded the word limit. So do send in again.

From Karen Soh:

My mum deserves to get a gift as she is God-fearing and self-sacrificial. She literally doesn't spend a cent on herself. This Christmas, I would like her to finally have something that she can call her own.

From Christopher Mathew:

My brother's finally coming home after five years of studying overseas and getting a present from The Straits Times would be such a wonderful way to celebrate his returning to Singapore for good this Christmas!

From Tan Yiun Fong:

An ever fervent reader of the ST, my dad has developed my love for reading since young through his sharing of the highlights of the day and frequent cut-out of ST articles relevant to me. Thank you, Dad & ST!

From Lee Aik Hua:

I want to take this opportunity to offer a gift to our my mother, who is aged 88 years. I believe she will be the most happiest mother if she is given a beautiful gift this coming X'mas.

From Siti Fatimah:

Why my loved ones and my husband deserve to get a gift from The Straits Times? Because he has been the most supportive throughout difficult times and I want a surprise gift for him.

From Chua Li Qun Shawn:

My dad deserves a gift because he recently quit his higher-paying job and now has to work doubly hard to provide for us. I want him to know I appreciate what he had done for this family.

From Koh Ann Noi:

Christmas is a season of giving. I want to give this present from The Straits Times to my husband as we are celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary this year and being the festive season of joy, I want to surprise him with a lovely present and to share the joy of Christmas. It's a unique way to celebrate the end of 2013 with a great present!

From Foong Meng Soon:

I hope to get a gift so that I can give it to my mother and tell her how much I appreciate what she has done for the family before I go overseas for my studies.

From Teo Qin Wei Darren:

One annual family tradition we observe is hosting extended family and friends with a sumptuous home-cooked dinner. Since we have always been generous on the 'giving' part, we were hoping to also be on the 'receiving' end this Christmas.

From Raymond Anthony Fernando:

Due to my wife's psychiatric condition and her mobility problems, we lead lonely and isolated lives. Christmas means so much to us. Surprises from The Straits Times would most certainly help bring the joy of Christmas to us.

From Chua Peng Ee:

My husband deserves a gift from The Straits Times. He's the main breadwinner, works abroad six days a week, morn till late night in an extremely stressful job, and only gets to come back home for a weekend every month.

From Andrew Lee:

My beloved wife who patiently and tenderly look after my home deserves a gift this Christmas. She is the unsung hero who labours quietly and so I would like The Straits Times to specially honour her effort and sacrifice.

From Katherine Aw Kai Ling:

I have been working harder this semester in terms of my academic study as an occupational therapy student. There are changes and attitudes I have made towards my studying and I feel that I deserve something good for the hard work I have put in.

From Lim Seok Bin:

I grew up with you with the Life! section. It gave me "directions" in life to catch my favourite TV series when we didn't have MSN or YouTube. Then I progressed to Home section that still remains my staple every day (and especially during elections). Headline news taught my daughter the world today. It defines the Singaporean-ness in us. I am thankful and would like to ask that a gift be given to the Bethany Nursing Home, where my 102-year-old grandma is residing. She is illiterate but never fails to ask me to read Straits Times every day.

From Lee Wee Leong:

Because I grew up with The Straits Times, and it is now a part of my family. But it is the only family "member" that has never given me a Xmas present (yet)! ;-P

From Kwa Wei Sheng Wilson:

2013 was a busy year for our family. My parents have been occupied with commitments and they neglected their 30th-anniversary celebration. This surprise would go a long way in providing that extra festive cheer for my wonderful parents.

From Lee Soon Kiat:

I have been a faithful ST subscriber since it began. This loyalty have kept me in touch with the development of the nation, had been part of my sons' all rounded education and my faithful companion every morning!

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