How to give back this Christmas

Operation Santa ClausVolunteer for charity and give back this Christmas. By Cherrie Yu.

Hands On Hong Kong

Hands On Hong Kong provides volunteers for a range of Hong Kong charities. This Christmas, it’s looking for volunteers for everything from helping minority children with their homework to carolling in SoHo for Green Grass Green or manning the Feeding Hong Kong booth at the Food Expo. English-speaking Santas and elves are also needed at “A Very Christmas Hong Kong”, the first outdoor family concert at the Central waterfront (costumes provided).

Operation Santa Claus

Now in its 26th year, this annual Christmas fundraiser is coordinated by the South China Morning Post and RTHK in aid of 18 local charities. Beneficiaries vary, but this year’s charities include Bring Me A Book, Animals Asia Foundation, Hong Kong Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Children’s Medical Foundation and Sailability. Make a donation, organise your own fundraiser on OSC’s behalf or go along to events such as Santa on the Beach (December 1, Stanley Beach), High West cookie sale (Pok Fu Lam, 4pm-6pm, December 2), Santa Hat Day, or the Lamma Island Treasure Hunt (December 8).

D’Oli Charity

D’Oli Charity is accepting donations in aid of Typhoon Haiyan. The one-woman charity will be collecting donations to be sent off to the Philippines. Donate anything from clothes, to food, medicine, shoes or anything else that can make a difference. For information, contact by email. 21 Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung, 9843 3341.


Make a Wish

The Hong Kong branch of this international charity is dedicated to making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. Until December 26, it is looking for volunteers to man its charity sale counter, Share the Joy of a Wish, at The Landmark. Other volunteers are also needed until December 30 at its Tree of Hope in The Peninsula, encouraging people to buy ornaments in aid of Make a Wish to hang on the hotel’s magnificent Christmas tree. Donate your time, money or expertise year-round at their website.

YMCA Hong Kong

Make a child’s Christmas this year by donating new toys to the YMCA’s Toy Bank for distribution to the children of low-income families. It has joined forces with Hong Kong Post in the Love to Share, Toys Collection Programme, with drop-off locations at 14 post offices across Hong Kong until December 31. The toys should be new and suitable for children under 12.

The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children

Established in 1953, the SRDC provides medical, rehabilitation and educational services for disabled children in Hong Kong. It is always looking for volunteers (preferably on a year-round basis) and donations. This year it is also selling a large range of Christmas cards, giftwrap and silk flowers.

Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children

The HKSPC aims to keep children happy, healthy and safe. It operates 27 service units, including day crèches, residential homes and family service centres. This Christmas buy charity cards designed by children from HKSPC or make a donation.

Typhoon Band Aid

Party on the harbour front in aid of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan at Typhoon Band Aid. To be held at Q Deck on Sunday December 1, it will feature bands from around Hong Kong with a chance for amateur and budding musicians to jam with the pros. Go for the barbecue brunch ($488 a head) with free-flowing bubbles. Not hungry? Entry is $150 including a free drink, with $88 from every ticket sold going to charity; the restaurant group’s founder, Paul Buxton, will match the donations and the money will be used to buy 100 tents that restaurant staff will deliver to Cebu. Noon-4pm, December 1, The Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai, 2827 8882