At least three campaigns were launched over the weekend to provide homeless people in Sham Shui Po with free meal boxes and clothing to help them cope with near-freezing temperatures.
Chan Cheuk-ming, who owns Pei Ho Restaurant in Sham Shui Po, gathered a group of volunteers Sunday to deliver more than 100 meal boxes to homeless peoplem, Headline Daily reported Monday.
The team started to give out meals at around noon.
Once Chan knew last week that the weather would be turning cold, he started to collect gloves, socks, scarfs and blankets from donors to give them away to the people in need.
A resident of the area recently bought 100 new cotton coats in mainland China and asked Chan to help deliver them to the underprivileged and elderly.
Chan has for some time been giving free meals to the homeless and elderly who live in the district. He accepts sponsorships for the meal boxes.
He said some of his customers bought 300 meal box coupons Sunday for him to give away.
Chan said he normally gives out the free meals at night, but he started the operation at 11 in the morning, as the weather was freezing.
He said he will give out another 100 meal boxes Monday evening.
Pei Ho Restaurant usually closes for the first four days of the Lunar New Year, but it will open two days earlier this year to help ensure homeless people have a source of food.
Ng Wai-tung, a community organizer with the Society for Community Organization, said SoCO collected 250 sleeping bags and 150 coats last week and gave them all to homeless people in Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok on Friday.
The organization will give away scarves and continue to deliver clothes from donors to the underprivileged.
A group of volunteers made up of more than 10 university students also gave out clothes and socks to homeless people in front of the Nam Cheong District Community Center, which was used as a temporary shelter for the homeless Sunday.
They also cooked a big pan of congee for the homeless people. As there was not enough to meet their needs, they bought more congee from a nearby eatery to give away.
The convener of the group, named Alex, said some people in the congee shop helped cover the cost of the congee after learning about the group’s purpose.
Alex said he set up a Facebook page Sunday inviting volunteers to join the campaign.
He said a dozen university students joined the campaign and collected clothes, shoes and caps from donors.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying visited the Nam Cheong District Community Center Saturday and stayed for about 20 minutes, Apple Daily reported.
A homeless man named Ah Jo, who stayed there over the weekend, said he was sleeping at the time but was woken up by Leung. He said Leung asked him whether he felt cold.
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