Operation Santa Claus
Jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK since 1988, Operation Santa Claus is one of the largest charitable donation drives in Hong Kong. By November 2013, it had raised more than HK$211 million for over 190 charitable projects.
Operation Santa Claus: Big smiles at Sai Kung care home
There were songs, dances, games and presents at a Sai Kung care home for the elderly as staff from Manulife brought the residents festive fun
Charity is not just about giving money, but also about spending time with people and bringing enjoyment to them, in the view of one insurance company.
Volunteers from Manulife held a Christmas party for residents of the Helping Hand Father Sean Burke Care Home for the Elderly, in Sai Kung, last Friday. They sang carols, played games with and handed out presents to those living at the home.
Michael Huddart, Manulife's chief executive, said: "When you see people smile, it has the biggest impression on you. This is what makes working with the community so rewarding."
The most touching moments, he said, were residents' smiling faces and carol singing by the staff. "Community give-back is not just about donating money but also about bringing enjoyment to people."
The party started with volunteers dancing to a classic Chinese song sung by pop diva Sally Yeh Chen-ven, with elderly residents joining in enthusiastically.
"We, too, have been practising the moves to the song for quite some time," said one cheerful elderly lady, Woo Ho, 85.
"Elderly people want to feel that they are part of the community," said Jessica Ogilvy-Stuart, chairman of the fund-raising subcommittee at Helping Hand, which supports more than 800 needy elderly people in seven homes.
The Sai Kung care home is one of the 18 beneficiaries of Operation Santa Claus this year. The charity campaign, organised jointly by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, is raising funds to buy a van with a wheelchair lift for the home.
HOW YOU CAN GIVE
- Donate online by credit card at osc.scmp.com
- Donate at an ATM or at any HSBC branch (account no: 502-676299-001 for SCMP Charities Ltd - Operation Santa Claus)
- You can donate with a cheque payable to "SCMP Charities Ltd - Operation Santa Claus" and mail it to: Operation Santa Claus, Morning Post Centre, 22 Dai Fat Street, Tai Po Industrial Estate, New Territories,
- Donations of HK$100 or more are tax-deductible. If you would like a tax receipt, please send the completed donation form and original bank receipt, with your name, address and phone number, to the above address. Please call 2680 8159 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries, or visit us online at osc.scmp.com