'Giving' is always better than 'taking' - this is the idea inspiring Hong Kong Disneyland in its Christmas initiative to invite children from disadvantaged families in Tin Shui Wai to help other people in need. Nearly 100 children and some of their parents from the socially troubled district were invited by the theme park this month to help pack gift bags, which will be sent to the elderly, single-parent families and ethnic minority groups over the Christmas holiday. Some of the Tin Shui Wai volunteers were haemophilia sufferers. The rest were either from single-parent families or often left by their busy parents in day-care centres. On the lawn of Disney's Hollywood Hotel, the children and adults were assigned to different rows of long tables and filled each bag with cookies, a scarf, a key chain and a mini-reindeer made from towels. Within about an hour the volunteers had filled all 3,000 gift bags. 'In previous years, it was our park's staff who packed the gift bags and sent them to the people in need. This year, we decided to invite some kids from Tin Shui Wai who are used to receiving others' help to do this job. We expect they can gain a sense of pride and empowerment in doing this,' Katherine Wang Tyng-shan, the park's external affairs director, said. 'It is a chance for them to be a Santa Claus for other people at Christmas.' Four hundred of the gift bags will go to two of the beneficiaries of Operation Santa Claus - Christian Action, which offers support to ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, and the Christian Family Service Centre's Lai Chi Centre, which aims to strengthen the functions of single-parent families in Wong Tai Sin. Lam Tsz-yan, 10, and her two brothers joined the helpers in gift-packing. Their parents, who work in a restaurant and a supermarket, were too busy to accompany them to the park. 'My dad and mum often come home late. They rarely take us out,' said the Primary Four student, who had never been to Disneyland or Ocean Park. The three were thrilled when they knew they would be able to meet Mickey Mouse and Shrek. All the volunteers, after packing the gifts, had a chance to take pictures with Mickey in a Santa suit, and enjoyed a fun afternoon at the park. In addition to the Christmas gifts, Hong Kong Disneyland, an enthusiastic supporter of Operation Santa Claus, is also offering 300 admission tickets to Christian Action and the Christian Family Service Centre this year and will organise staff to join voluntary activities with the two groups.