This year’s Hari Raya Puasa will be a special one for Madam Jurina Johari and her family.
From as early as 9am on Sunday, their one-room rental flat in Sembawang was inundated with well-wishers offering help and donations.
This was due to a video The New Paper posted to its Facebook page on Saturday night.
It was part of a series on breaking fast during Ramadan and it showed Madam Jurina, 42, making a simple version of nasi lemak – without fish or chicken – for iftar.
Tears welled in her eyes as she described how she copes.
Madam Jurina, who has suffered from chronic kidney disease since she was 17, lives with her 60-year-old mother and her two sons. She is in the process of finalising her second divorce.
Mr Muhammad Shafiee Junadi, 22, is serving his national service. Mr Muhammad Shahirul, 21, is autistic.
TNP first spoke to her in May after she had been robbed of her last $50 at the time. That loss meant her family went hungry.
With more than 378,000 views and 6,000 shares, the video also inspired more than 900 people to contact TNP, asking how they could help.
People kept dropping by the home on Sunday. The last guests left at 11pm.
Donations came in the form of cash, bread, eggs and rice.
Items such as curtains, a coffee table, a dining table and even a refrigerator were offered.
Madam Jurina, who had to quit her job as a part-time assistant pharmacist just before Ramadan to care for her autistic son, told TNP: “For the first time, my family will get to bask in the Hari Raya atmosphere that we have longed for.
“I am so moved… I have no words.”
Her voice cracked with emotion as she said: “I can’t wait to cook Hari Raya dishes for my sons and mum.
“I can finally make my house look grand.”