The festive season holds many celebrations and things to do but the most important one is the act of giving back. It’s been a tough couple of years for most of us, some notably more than others, but 2021 is coming to an end. As we hope for a prosperous start to 2022, here are some ideas on how to give back this year – and beyond.
There’s way too much food waste every year, so it’s always important to do our part in limiting the excess wherever possible. Over a million people in Hong Kong suffer from poverty, many without access to nutritious meals. There are different ways you can get involved in providing food and supplies to those in need, whether through soup kitchens, food prep or donations. Feeding Hong Kong organizes group volunteers to sort, pack and deliver food to the needy as well as collecting food surplus across the city. Similarly, Food Wise Hong Kong encourages restaurants to reduce food waste together and offers training workshops for those who want to learn how to help. There’s also Food Angel which rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry from going to waste. Volunteers can help prepare veggies and meals and help serve them to beneficiaries.
Luckily, there are quite a lot of charities in Hong Kong, meaning there’s plenty of room for helping out. If you have experience as a teacher or mentor, the Society for Community Organisation welcomes individuals to be a part of the child’s mentorship program. Impact HK, Hands On HK and Street Cleaner Appreciation Walks HK (SCWalksHK) organize regular ‘kindness walks’ to help homeless people by donating living essentials and food. HK Breast Cancer Foundation holds events to promote awareness. There are also so many more noteworthy charities that accept donations.
Donating blood is a quick and easy way to give back that can really change lives. The Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) welcomes blood donations all year to support up to three people from all types of circumstances from child birth to blood disorders.
Besides donating money, there are many other useful things that can find a second forever home and give back. Donate your books, clothes and even furniture to someone who can use them in a new light. There’s Kid4Kids, Crossroads Foundation, The Salvation Army and Po Leung Kuk Orphanage, to name a few.
Whether you’re looking for a forever friend or only able to foster, it can make a huge difference for Hong Kong animal charities. Support local shelters including Catherine’s Puppies, SPCA, Kirsten’s Zoo and more, and take home a pet for life.