The countdown has begun and there are just a few weeks left to find a shoebox, decorate it and fill it with lots of goodies for underprivileged children across Asia. One of Hong Kong’s favourite annual charities, Box of Hope, has officially launched its 2018 campaign with a pledge to collect a massive 33,000 shoeboxes.
Now in its 11th year, Box of Hope acknowledges that its work would not be possible without the army of volunteers – both personal and corporate – who give up so much time, and make such an amazing effort, to collect, sort and distribute the boxes to the charities Box of Hope supports.
“Over the course of the three weeks, when we’re sorting box donations, we have around 250 people taking time out of their busy lives to come to our sorting office and check boxes,” says Sian Taylor, Director of Box of Hope.
“Every year, Box of Hope touches so many Hong Kong people: students and staff in over thirty schools across the SAR, many HK Corporations, the volunteers, the delivery team, the drivers, the logistics companies, to name but a few. All give their time freely. All are doing it for that moment of joy when a child opens their box and sees what another child has painstakingly and lovingly packed for them.”
Once again, the charity will also be repeating its popular Box Design Competition. Winners get to hand deliver Boxes of Hope to children in Hong Kong. To enter, children should email a photo of their box for the Box Design Competition to [email protected] before November 15th. Remember to write name, age, school and contact details. Winners will be announced November 26th 2018.