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Donate unwanted Christmas gifts

25 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky, chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like – or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your unloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Found inside the grounds of St John’s Cathedral in Central, Castaways Charity Shop sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, along with books and household linens, with all profits going to small locally based charities. Donations accepted on Wednesday and Saturday mornings
They accept: Clothing, shoes, handbags, books and household linens.
Address: Castaways Charity Shop, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

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Send Xmas gifts to Children in Need UNICEF

13 Dec

UNICEF Hong Kong presents the Inspired Gift Christmas set and Christmas card for the upcoming festival. With just a small donation, you can bring warmth and joy to children in need over harsh winter!

When you purchase an Inspired Gift on our website, you can send a Christmas e-card with a custom message to your family and friends. Let’s share blessings of a hearty Christmas with our loved ones and the deprived children!

UNICEF Waterproof School Bags:
Donate $162 and buy 6 UNICEF Waterproof School Bags. Each contains ultracomfy shoulder straps, mesh lined, 2 inner and 1 outer pocket and a name tag.

Blankets:
Donate $468 and buy 9 Blankets. These warm, fleecy thermal blankets help keep children warm and healthy.

Life-saving Winter Clothing Kit:
Donate $642 and buy 2 sets of Life-saving Winter Clothing Kit. Each includes jackets, trousers, fleeces, socks, boots or strong shoes, a scarf and a hat.

You can also add an extra Christmas card to your purchase in the shopping cart for the purpose of Christmas gift exchange.

About Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK): Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.

“Light Up a Life” Christmas Concert

2 Dec


Christmas is the season about love and sharing. “Light Up a Life” is a special and meaningful way to honor and memorialize the loved ones. “Light Up a Life” Christmas Concert, an annual occasion organised by the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, is a heart-warming programme of Traditional Festive Music with a Tree Lighting Ceremony that takes place every year in early December.

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Time: 7:30 – 9pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central

Price: $250, to buy your tickets, please follow this link

For more information please email sphc@hospicecare.org.hk

About The Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care: Established in 1986, the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care is a non-profit organisation in Hong Kong promoting hospice and palliative care, providing bereavement counselling, and conducting research into and raising public awareness of end-of-life issues and care.

Matilda International Hospital Carols by Candlelight

23 Nov

Join Matilda International Hospital to celebrate Christmas with friends and family in their spectacular heritage site this December.

Christmas choirs, Father Christmas and snowmen will star in the Carols by Candlelight Charity Event at the Matilda International Hospital at 6-8pm on Tuesday, 4 December 2018. Admission to the charity event is free, and open to all. It is a festive evening, a time to enjoy being close to loved ones, listen to carols, savour specialty Christmas foods, and embrace the true spirit of giving at Christmas.

All sales proceeds will go to the Matilda Children’s Foundation, which provides life-changing surgeries to children with no other means of assistance.

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Grounds of Matilda International Hospital, 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak

A free shuttle bus runs between the Peak Galleria (Public Transport Terminus) and Matilda International Hospital at the Peak from 5:15pm to 8:10pm on 4 December (Tuesday). Additional shuttle buses will depart from hospital to Central after the event.

Event highlights: Choir performance, Father Christmas, Grotto, games and sale stalls, Christmas food delights

Enquiry: 2849 0355

About Matilda Children’s Foundation : In 2003 Matilda International Hospital established the Matilda Children’s Foundation to raise money for life-changing surgery for children in need. Matilda doctors and teams volunteer to help the foundation, donating time, expertise, money and resources for surgery.

The charity has provided treatment and care for over 60 children from the region. Every dollar raised goes to the Foundation.

Italian Day at Sandy Bay – last Xmas Shopping

15 Nov

Mark your calendars, on Saturday, 1 December 1, The Italian Women’s Association has organized the 35th Edition of the Italian Day at Sandy Bay in the gardens of The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital!

Head on over with the family and help raise money as all proceeds raised during this event will go directly to the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital and other carefully selected Hong Kong Charity Associations.

At the event you will find:
* Italian food and wine
* Italian gourmet corner
* Branded clothes
* Toys
* Sportswear and so much more!

You last chance to pick up some great Christmas presents, delicious Italian delicacies with proceeds going to great causes.

Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Garden of The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam

Price: Entrance fee is HK$20 and there is, unfortunately, no parking available, the closest parking is in Cyberport. For more information on the event click here.

About Italian Women’s Association: The Italian Women’s Association (IWA) is a non-profit organization, registered in Hong Kong since 1996, which operates in the field of charity. The Association welcomes Italian women or not, interested in friendship, the Italian language, culture and the various activities that they offer every month. They organize many events: social gatherings and cultural activities, playgroups for children, excursions, lectures, ‘coffee mornings’, etc. Through these events, all members – and the ladies recently arrived in Hong Kong – are able to meet regularly in a welcoming atmosphere. In addition, the IWA also often collaborates with various organizations and other associations of women in Hong Kong.

Sandy Bay Charity Fair at DKCH 2018

20 Oct

Since 1981, the annual Sandy Bay Charity Fair has been held on the first Saturday in November, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Held at The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay at Pokfulam, the Fair is legendary and well attended by the public. Loads of bargains, lots of fun, laughter and delicious food. All net proceeds are used to support the Hospital to improve medical facilities.

This year’s fair will take place on 3 November with the usual booths, game stalls and Christmas goodies and charity Christmas cards.

Date: Saturday, 3 November 2019

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, Sandy Bay, Pokfulam

About Society for the Relief of Disabled Children: The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) was established in 1953, with the mission to provide medical, surgical, rehabilitation and educational services to disabled children in Hong Kong.

Currently, the Society is continuously supporting the following:
* Equipment purchase or upgrade at The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay
* The Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe
* Fellowship Program
* Implant Sponsorship
* China Patient Project
* Others, e.g. clinical research at HKU

Michaelmas Fair 2018 & Xmas Cards

13 Oct

The Christmas Fair of the year is just around the corner. Michaelmas Fair at St. John’s Cathedral is a Hong Kong institution, with game stalls, marching bands, second-hand clothes, white elephant, charity stalls, and tons of Christmas gift ideas!

If it’s Christmas cards you are after, they have those too, or pop into the Cathedral’s Bookstore which stocks probably the largest collection of charity cards in Hong Kong.

Date: Saturday, 28 October 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road