2020 has been a tough year for everybody, not least for the most vulnerable members of our society.
ImpactHK, a Hong Kong-based charity that supports low-income communities, is calling on the public to put together Christmas care packages. The packages will be distributed to the homeless and street cleaners during the festive season.
“We currently support roughly 600 homeless friends throughout Hong Kong so your support would be much appreciated during this chilly and holiday period,” the organization wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.
ImpactHK asks those interested in donating to fill a backpack or a tote bag with items including masks, non-perishable food and winter essentials like socks and a hand warmer. (The full list can be seen here.)
Completed packages should be labeled with “ImpactHK Christmas Care Package” and dropped off at the Guestroom, the organization’s community center in Tai Kok Tsui on Dec. 19.
Charities like ImpactHK has had its work cut out for them since the COVID-19 outbreak began, which has led to many in the low-paid service industry losing their jobs.
Earlier this week, the organization raised over HK$300,000 (US$39,000) as part of an initiative to serve meals to the homeless, street cleaners and elderly.
“We know a meal isn’t going to fix everything, but it’s important to show these people that we care—especially at Christmas,” Jeff Rotmeyer, founder of ImpactHK, said.
ImpactHK also runs an online store selling affordable t-shirts and accessories with their motto, Kindness Matters. Proceeds go to the charity.
For more information about ImpactHK’s care package initiative, check out the details here.