Looking for ways to spread kindness and support this holiday season? In the spirit of generosity, discover some of the applause-worthy organisations working hard to help those who live in our city — and learn how you can help too.
And of course, while the holiday season is a great time to kickstart volunteer work or lending a helping hand, these Hong Kong charities and organisations welcome help any time of the year.
HELP… THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY
What they do: Foodlink Foundation collects safe-to-eat surplus food from F&B outlets all over Hong Kong, and delivers to them those in need.
How you can help: You can set up a fundraising event or page on Foodlink’s behalf, donate surplus food donations, or donate funds. (HK$2.50 is all that’s needed for a hot and nutritious meal.) Breadline, which works alongside Foodlink, also needs volunteers to collect leftover bread from bakeries around the city to redistribute every week.
What they do: Feeding HK collects surplus food from manufacturers, growers, distributors and retailers, and shares it through 100+ charity programmes.
How you can help: From food parcel packing and delivery to being a bread runner, Feeding HK offers lots of volunteer work that helps get food to those who need it most. Food and funds are welcome too.
What they do: Food Angel collects edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry, which is then used to create nutritious hot meals and redistributed to serve less-privileged communities.
How you can help: Food Angel welcomes volunteers to prepare and serve meals for the underprivileged. Food and fund donations are very welcome too.
Help… THOSE WHO ARE LESS PRIVILEGED OR LIVE WITH DISABILITIES
Society for Community Organization
What they do: The group helps those struggling with money, poor living conditions and social discrimination, along with providing assistance to mentally ill patients, ethnic minorities, immigrant families and the homeless.
How you can help: Join the group’s child mentorship scheme as a mentor or teacher, donate funds to help them with their efforts and more.
What they do: LOVE 21 is a charity dedicated to bettering the lives of those living with Down syndrome and autism in Hong Kong through physical activity and nutrition programmes.
How you can help: Along with donations, you can get involved by teaching your own weekly class for LOVE21’s beneficiaries or by supporting an already existing class.