Candy contains a sweet message
Students from Hong Kong International School (HKIS) gave each other candy canes with heart-warming words while raising funds for Operation Santa Claus.
The candy cane stall opened every lunchtime from December 12-14, manned by third to fifth graders. Every candy cane sold came with a tiny message card. Students could write a brief Christmas greeting and give it to their teachers, classmates or parents.
Upper Primary Principal Virginia Udall said the event was a good way for students to learn the importance of contributing to society.
'We highlight the importance of giving to those who have far less than we do, and we stress that giving to others does not always mean giving money or other material items,' she said.
Udall said asking students to offer their time to serve others was a good practice.
Last year, the Upper Primary department of HKIS donated HK$45,000. Udall said this year's goal was to exceed that amount, and they have succeeded: they have already raised HK$52,190.
Jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, Operation Santa Claus has supported more than 100 different charities over the years, sharing hope and funding life-enhancing transformations for those who need them most.
How you can give
Donate at osc.scmp.com or at any ATM: a/c 502-676299-001 for SCMP Charities Ltd-Operation Santa Claus