Operation Santa Claus

‘All I want for Christmas is to spend it with my family’: schoolgirl’s heartfelt plea to Operation Santa Claus volunteers

  • Team from Sino Group visits residents at Precious Blood Children’s Village to spread a little festive cheer
PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 December, 2018, 10:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 December, 2018, 11:08am

Volunteers from a property company brought a little holiday cheer to a group of young girls who live away from home.

The employees of Sino Group paid a visit to the Precious Blood Children’s Village, in Fanling, last Friday, and helped spread some Christmas joy among its residents.

Many residents beamed with excitement soon after they had received the gift bags distributed to them by the Sino Caring Friends.

“I’m so happy,” one four-year-old said.

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The children’s home provides emergency and temporary refuge for schoolgirls aged between three and 18.

Tung, 12, said while her housemates were good company, all she wanted for Christmas after living there for 2½ years was to go home.

“I hope I can spend Christmas with my family this year,” the Form One student said.

Her housemates, Lam and Wing, both 10, also had Christmas wishes. Lam wanted good grades in her exams, while Wing’s desire was to win “the upcoming running race”.

The young girls were also thankful that the team of volunteers chose to celebrate the festive season with them.

Sino Group is a supporter of Operation Santa Claus, the annual charity campaign jointly organised by the Post and public broadcaster RTHK.

The developer established Sino Caring Friends in 2008 to encourage staff participation in voluntary services for a better community.

Tracy Kwan Lok-ki of Sino Group said her team had served underprivileged families, children and the elderly.

“We have visited households living in small subdivided flats in various districts, such as Sham Shui Po, Tai Kok Tsui and Kwun Tong,” she said. “We want to make them feel they are being cared about.”

The volunteer team also run programmes to train children from low-income families to help others.

“Many of the children being cared about want to serve people,” Kwan said.