Delivering Covid-19 Relief Packages
The well-being of Hong Kong’s impoverished elderly is significantly at risk as the COVID-19 crisis continues. More than 40% of the city’s elderly—516,000 people—live in poverty and were struggling to make ends meet before this pandemic developed. With most of these elderly now self-isolating and unable to leave their homes, they are in more dire need now than ever.
Elderly centres are acting as a life-line for these vulnerable individuals, staying in constant contact to assess needs and doing their best to deliver necessities to those unable to access them. But these under-resourced centres are operating with dramatically reduced staff and struggling to provide the degree of support needed. HandsOn Hong Kong are urgently seeking volunteers to help deliver Covid-19 relief packages to Hong Kong’s low-income elderly. These packages include necessity food items as well as masks and hand sanitizer, allowing these individuals to safely leave home if necessary.
How it Works
Teams of two volunteers each will assemble Care Packages at their chosen centre before delivering them (by leaving on the doorstep) to five elderly households nearby. This program has been developed in-line with HandsOn Hong Kong COVID-19 safety precautions and each volunteer will receive their own protective items. By the end of June, HandsOn volunteers will have made over 1,000 doorstep deliveries to support the well-being of the city’s most vulnerable elderly as part of this effort. These two-hour service programs are running across Hong Kong from next week – sign up here!
Chai Wan – Monday & Thursday mornings
Sham Shui Po – Tuesday mornings
Sha Tin – Friday afternoons & Saturday mornings
Sam Mau Ping (Kwun Tong) – Saturday mornings
Tin Shui Wai – Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons