Feeding Hong Kong’s Festive Food Drive

This year, with school and job disruptions and rising food prices brought on by COVID-19, food assistance has never been more vital.

Drop off any of the food items below at the Feeding Hong Kong Foodbank or their community collection points before Tuesday, 8 December and Feeding Hong Kong will make sure they are delivered to the doors of their charity partners to bring some extra Christmas cheer to those in need.

Date: Before Tuesday, 8 December

Place:
The FHK Warehouse
Unit 715, Block A2
Yau Tong Industrial City,
17-25 Ko Fai Road,
Yau Tong, Kowloon

Community collection points

About Feeding Hong Kong: Every day, 3,600 tonnes of food waste are sent to landfills in Hong Kong, while more than one million people live in poverty struggling to afford nutritious meals. Feeding Hong Kong is on a mission to change that.
Feeding Hong Kong rescues quality surplus food from food companies that would otherwise go to waste
Feeding Hong Kong redistributes food surplus to charities and community programmes in Hong Kong
Feeding Hong Kong collaborates with volunteers and community partners to collect, sort and redistribute food

Christmas cards, gifts etc.

Normally at this time of the year there are a host of fundraising Christmas bazaars and fairs to go to where one can buy Christmas cards, scoop up the perfect gift, all benefitting different charities in and around Hong Kong. Not this year. Because of the pandemic, all these events have been cancelled. Here are two suggestions for you is you are looking for cards to send to relatives that you won’t see this year or a special gift for that special person in your life.

Cards, gift wrap, gifts to order: The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children whose mission is to support medical, surgical, rehabilitation and educational services to differently-abled children in Hong Kong produces beautifully designed cards in both Western and Chinese designs, gift wrap and gifts each year that can be ordered. Please follow this link to their digital catalogue.

The Bookstore, St. John’s Cathedral: At this time of the year, The Bookstore at St. John’s Cathedral on Garden Road stocks a wide variety of Christmas Cards from various charities. In addition to books, cards and gifts, The Bookstore also offers the largest selection of Fair Trade products in Hong Kong. From coffee and tea to chocolate and nuts. Opening Hours are
Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed

Shop now and give to charity!

One last word before Christmas…give generously

This will be the last blog post of the year. As we dive into the Festive Season, spare a thought for those less fortunate. With the continued social unrest, it’s been a particularly difficult year for nonprofits to raise funds with many fundraising events either postponed or cancelled. They need your help more than ever.

So please spare a thought for them and donate generously. The organisations listed under Volunteer Opportunities on this blog would welcome your donations.

Happy Holidays, posts will resume in the New Year!

Kafnu x Gwen’s Boutique: Sustainable Christmas Market – 15 Dec


It’s the most wonderful time the year, and this Christmas, let us all do some good by gifting presents that are kind to our environment and support local sustainable brands!

Kafnu and Gwen’s Boutique are presenting a special Christmas edition of their popular Sustainable Sunday Market. Find the perfect gift for your loved one that won’t leave guilt on your conscience at our curation of more than 20 green brands, many of them made locally and supporting marginalised communities.

Co-organised with Gwen’s Boutique, which upcycles second-hand clothing, part of the proceeds will be donated to Plastic Free Seas, a charity that is fighting to clear our seas from plastic. Do some good together this festive season!

::: 🛍 Stores 🛒 :::
Gwen’s Boutique – Second-hand clothing pop-up store selling good quality high street items


The Bali Box – Make living a natural and plastic free life easy with The Bali Box, Hong Kong’s first eco-conscious subscription.

Ritu Priyanka – Bringing Indian Handlooms to the ever evolving world of fashion and to design for the ethically conscious client. We are a Hong Kong based design firm with grounded roots in India.


Prthv.hk – Timeless, transparent and circular economy design products that prioritise people, community and our resources.


ReBooked HK – Hong Kong’s first online store for used English language children’s books.

Etcetera – Handmade, fair trade & eco-friendly. You will find handmade bracelets, backpacks, hand-painted boxes, nativities and toys, etc from various counties including Guatemala, Bolivia and Colombia, El Salvador, Peru, Spain and Peru and more!


Mayse Artisan Bakery – Based on Latvian and Northern European recipes we create our own unique healthy plant-based sourdough bread and pizza. A family run bakery.

SANI – Socially-conscious scarves, blankets and throws woven by marginalised women

Lacess – High quality leather sneakers for the modern minimalist.

Date: Sunday, 15 December 2019

Time: 12pm – 6pm

Place: Kafnu, 2F of the Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon

Free registration: To register please follow this link

About Plastic Free Seas: Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong based environmental charity dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns.

Winter Charity Bazaar benefitting HK Breast Cancer Foundation 14 Dec


The Hive Spring invites you to a Christmas Charity Bazaar organized in collaboration with the German Speaking Ladies for the benefits of Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation! Whether you‘re looking to shop for a good cause or searching for last-minute gifts, their charity marketplace has got you covered. Join with your friends and family for a day of festive fun!

Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019

Time: 10am – 6pm

Place: The Hive Spring, 3/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang

Price: Free, to attend please register here

About Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation : Founded in 2005, the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF) is the first non-profit organisation dedicated to mitigating the threat of breast cancer in the local community through education, patient support, research and advocacy.

Room to Read Volunteers needed: Festive ‘Stories from The Tree’ at The Peninsula Hotel

Room to Read needs volunteers to support the festive campaign at The Peninsula Hotel selling six colourful character ornaments to raise funds for Room to Read!

Meals will be provided for volunteers. Please note that persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

If interested, please email Annie at annie.dahne@roomtoread.org for more information and shift times.

Date: December 1-20 and 27-30

About Room to Read: Room to Read is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world.

AWA Charity Bazaar 2019


Gifting & Giving Wrapped Up
In One Fabulous Event
!
The AWA Charity Bazaar is back! Enjoy holiday shopping in the Police Married Quarters (PMQ’s) covered marketplace. Rain or shine, over 85 vendors and artists will be offering unique gifts for everyone on your list.

SILENT AUCTION
Bid at the bazaar! Check out the exciting line up of packages including boutique hotel stays, fine jewelry, presidential level art and culture memberships, fitness packages and more. All valued at HK$5,000+ each.

LAI SEE LUCKY DRAW
Look for volunteers selling red envelopes filled with chances to win goodies like gift certificates to restaurants, shows, spa treatments and much more. All worth HK$300 + each.

GIVING TREE
A Giving Tree will be in the center of the fun! Choose a charity to support, fill out a sponsor star for you or a loved one and hang it on the Giving Tree, knowing you are supporting those less fortunate this holiday season.

Proceeds benefit AWA supported charities!

Date: Thursday, 7 November 2019

Time: 11:30am – 7:30pm

Place: PMQ, Aberdeen Street, Central

About AWA: The AWA is a volunteer based charitable women’s organization with a proud, nearly 60-year legacy of giving, with 700+ members from 38 countries. The AWA aims to help the underserved, empower and provide platforms for women, encourages cultural adventures and exchanges in Asia (and beyond) and fosters a supportive community through educational, recreational, fundraising and social activities.

Michaelmas Fair – 26 Oct

Get ready for Hong Kong tradition, an opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done in one place AND support a variety of charities. The Michaelmas Fair organised by St. John’s Cathedral has been around for decades. A true local tradition.

There are handicrafts, home produce, white elephant, second-hand clothes, books, Christmas cards and decorations and much more. For the kids there are game stalls, and food and entertainment fo keep you going. Proceeds go to various charities that the cathedral supports. Don’t miss it.

Date: Saturday, 26 October 2019

Time: 10am – 4pm

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

Donate unwanted Christmas gifts

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.