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Changing Young Lives Foundation
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Local charities to support in Hong Kong this Christmas

Share the spirit and joy of giving by helping the underprivileged in Hong Kong

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Christmas in Hong Kong isn’t just about flashy gifts and festive feasts, especially during a time when the underprivileged in the city need your help the most. The pandemic has made this season colder than usual, and there are many charitable organisations that can do with some loving support. Bathe in the spirit of giving, and extend your joy to others by participating in these festive fundraisers! By Erika Yip

RECOMMENDED: For more ideas on how to give back, check out these Hong Kong charities and nonprofits or put your unwanted items to good use by visiting places to donate clothes, books and food in Hong Kong

SPCA Cat Colony Care Program
SPCA Cat Colony Care Program
Photograph: Courtesy SPCA x ProVet

SPCA x ProVet

SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is an animal protection organisation that supports the welfare of animals across the city. They offer services such as animal rescue, adoption, low-cost desexing, and hospitalisation. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of SPCA’s Cat Colony Care Program, a project that rescues and neuters stray cats before returning them to their original colonies, SPCA will be releasing a limited-edition animal calendar! Partnering up with pet wellness brand ProVet, the project invited local celebrities such as Rosamund Kwan and Josie Ho to photograph their pets for this adorable calendar.

The 2021-2022 two year charity calendar is $98 and comes with two $100 coupons for ProVet products. The calendars are available to purchase at all Wai Yuen Tong stores and ProVet's e-shop. All proceeds will go to the Cat Colony Care Program, thus sustaining their goal of animal welfare. SPCA will also be hosting seasonal charity sales at their own online shop

Hands On Hong Kong
Hands On Hong Kong
Photograph: Courtesy Hands On Hong Kong

HandsOn Hong Kong

HandsOn Hong Kong is a charity that works with multiple organisations to recruit volunteers and dispatch them where they are needed. If you’re lost in a sea of different charities to support during the pandemic, HandsOn offers an extensive list of organisations where you can directly support COVID-19 relief efforts. Visit their website for an extensive list of where you can donate, and what you can donate to help those who are suffering the most during this time of difficulty.

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Changing Young Lives Foundation
Changing Young Lives Foundation
Photograph: Courtesy Changing Young Lives Foundation

Changing Young Lives Foundation

Changing Young Lives Foundation helps protect underprivileged youth who suffer from unfortunate circumstances, and aims to provide a safe and healthy environment for children to grow. The foundation offers food, shelter, health care, and education for children to lead happy and productive lives. This Christmas, the foundation will be hosting a Santa’s workshop via Zoom, where they will distribute gifts to children. 

They are currently accepting any monetary donations through their website, but gift donations are also highly encouraged. The organisation will accept donations such as stationery, kids toys (soft toys not preferred), storybooks, jigsaw puzzles, or building blocks. Due to the pandemic, snacks or any used toys are not recommended. If you would like to donate a gift, get in touch via email: donation@cylf.org.hk

Helping Hand Cookie Campaign
Helping Hand Cookie Campaign
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Helping Hand Cookie Campaign

Helping Hand aims to help the elderly live a happy, fulfilling life. They offer shelter and professional care, including therapists, social workers, and nurses to extend comfort and care for those in need. This Christmas, Helping Hand is taking donations to support their annual Cookie Campaign, where the elderly will be able to enjoy a box of delicious Chinese walnut cookies from Saint Honore Cake Shop. Each cookie box is priced at $40 – a simple yet hearty Christmas gift to the elderly. Helping Hand is currently receiving donations via their website. Share the joy of a warm cookie and donate!

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Hope worldwide Santa Run 2020
Hope worldwide Santa Run 2020
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Hope worldwide Santa Run 2020

Hope worldwide is hosting a ‘virtual’ Santa charity run to raise funds for the organisation's ongoing work in helping children with special educational needs. For the run, participants can design their own route and distance, be it a road trail, mountain trail, or even a walk. The only criteria is that participants must be wearing a Christmas costume or red clothing with accessories! There's no time limit, so you can feel free to finish the race at your own pace (not required to finish in one go), before uploading a photo of completion with #santarunhk2020 on your Facebook or Instagram on or before December 26. Every participant will receive a set of souvenirs too! Click here for more info on how to take part or make a donation.

Po Leung Kuk Poon Choi donation
Po Leung Kuk Poon Choi donation
Photograph: Courtesy Po Leung Kuk/Tat Wong

Po Leung Kuk

Po Leung Kuk is a large charitable organisation that supports orphaned youths and the elderly with educational, recreational, cultural, and medical services that help care for the underprivileged in Hong Kong. In the spirit of giving, Po Leung Kuk will be hosting a charity fundraiser ‘Po Leung Kuk Pun Choi 2020’ for the elderly in need. Those who make a donation of $1,600 (or more) will receive a voucher to redeem a family-size poon choi meal for Chinese New Year, along with a charity goodie bag. With every $1,600 donated, six elderly with swallowing difficulties will receive a poon choi soft meal, allowing them to taste the comfort and delight of this festive food. Po Leung Kuk is now taking donations for poon choi vouchers via their official website.

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