Over the past two months, face masks and hand sanitisers have become valuable commodities as our city is gripped by fear of COVID-19. The virus outbreak has led to a shortage and price hike in hand sanitisers, face masks, and even food as folks scramble to stock up. In trying times like these, it’s more important than ever for us to lend a helping hand to the most vulnerable in our society. We want to help draw your attention to the joint efforts of some of the many organisations who are putting forth their best efforts to help those in need get through these hard times.
Where to donate face masks and more to Hong Kong's needy
One of the best ways to avoid catching the virus – arguably even better than face masks (don’t come at us) – is to avoid touching pubic surfaces where everyone’s grubby hands have been on. Yet for blind people in our society, touching various surfaces is a huge part of how they navigate daily life tasks and ‘see’ their surroundings – so they could really use some extra protection. If you’d like to help out, consider giving to the Hong Kong Blind Union, who are collecting hand sanitisers and face masks to distribute to our city’s blind community.
Where to donate: Drop your goods off at Hong Kong Blind Union’s office – Unit 13-20, G/F, Tsui Ying House, Tsui Ping Estate, 19 Tsui Ping Rd, Kwun Tong; 2339 0666.
Bethune House for Migrant Women's Refuge is a charitable organisation in Hong Kong that provides a safe refuge and social counselling to female migrant workers in distress. These women typically come to Bethune House with issues of labour grievances, illegal agency fees, health concerns, and more. As you can imagine, they need all the help they can get. With supplies running out, Bethune House is collecting face masks and hand sanitisers to help their women fight the ongoing health crisis.
Where to donate: Drop your goods off at either Mission For Migrant Workers’s office, located at the St. John's Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Rd, Central.
CEDAR Fund is committed to serving Hong Kong’s homeless or those poor and disadvantaged communities through education, development, advocacy as well as relief programmes to help provide for their basic needs. With a lack of resources and adequate shelter, these vulnerable groups risk a higher chance of being affected by the new virus. As such, CEDAR Fund is accepting face masks donations to distribute out to those in need.
Where to donate: Drop your goods off at CEDAR Fund’s office – Suite 504, Rightful Centre, 12 Tak Hing St, Kowloon.
In the current epidemic, underprivileged families in Hong Kong are having monetary difficulties in buying enough items to protect themselves from COVID-19. Children masks, in particular, are a rare sight around town these days. Organisations such as Save The Children are sourcing bulk goods as well as cash donations to help our city’s kids.
Where to donate: Call 3160 8686 to arrange goods collections (quality check needed), or visit their website here to make a cash donation that will help them purchase the goods directly.
As people grow wary of large gatherings and crowded spaces, more folks are opting to stay in and prepare meals in the safety of their own homes. Which is why much like hygiene products, staple foods such as rice are becoming high in demand. If you’d like to help ensure low-income families and elderlies in our society don’t go hungry, consider giving either your time, money or food to charities like Foodlink Foundation that work hard to fight hunger and food waste in Hong Kong. Every $2.5 can help provide a hot and nutritious meal to someone in need!
Where to donate: Donate your food and hygiene products at their foodbank – C1, 10/F, Wing Hing Industrial Bldg, 14 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, or make a cash donation here.