Operation Santa Claus

Coutts staff get packing for charity

Coutts staff carted in toys - then stuffed them all into boxes for needy kids

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 7:22am

What goes best with a business suit and a briefcase at this time of year? A toy for a child that may never have received a Christmas present before.

In the weeks leading up to the holidays, staff at private bank Coutts could be seen bringing in toys and other goodies to work.

Then, over three days, staff tirelessly packed 363 boxes to the brim with gifts in their lunch breaks. One staff member spent an entire evening running around from shop to shop to help buy more toys for the children.

All the boxes of toys were headed for the Box of Hope charity that collects educational or useful gifts to be given to underprivileged children in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.

It was the fifth year the firm participated in the project.

"What kept us going was that we knew each box would bring a big smile and hope to each child in need," said Jackie Pang, chairman of Coutts Giving Committee. "The gift boxes will be given as Christmas gifts to underprivileged children throughout Asia, some of whom would never have received a gift before."

Coutts Giving, an umbrella for community activities supported by the firm, gives time and money to registered charities, and it has been supporting Operation Santa Claus (OSC) for the past five years.

OSC, an annual Christmas appeal jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, shares the same aims as Coutts Giving, said Pang.

"We favour groups who are not high profile, and so a small donation can make a big difference. We donate to specific projects where the help goes directly to those in need."

She added that Coutts prefers causes where it can see the direct impact of the donation.

OSC has raised over HK$170 million, benefiting more than 150 local charities over the past 24 years.

This year, it is raising funds for the projects of 18 selected charities.


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 osc@scmp.com with any inquiries, or visit us online at osc.scmp.com