January 2015 - Hope of the City Newsletter
A Merry Month to Remember
With 2015 well under way, memories of Christmas-past may have faded, but for us, the many happy faces that lit up December are still fresh in our hearts. Hope of the City’s holiday calendar was a busy one, with the focus on bringing love and joy to those who are often overlooked.
The holiday cheer began with a dim sum
lunch for 32 elderly from our Shek Kip Mei monthly home visit programme and the volunteers who visit them each month. Happy chatter spilled over steaming baskets of dim sum
while the iGLEE singers shared musical messages of love. Each guest received a warm scarf and massage comb as Christmas gifts.
Of course, Christmas is a special time for kids and on December 21 we threw a party at the YWCA for the students in our weekly English classes. The 45 guests had a holly-jolly time with the Fovero Care Group from Island ECC, our volunteer party team.
It was a magical afternoon for 50 kids from J-Life Foundation at the ‘Creating a Magical Moment for Children’ party on Dec 23. Hosted by Worldwide Executive Centre
, some 100 children from Sham Shui Po got to meet the ‘real’ Santa, who flew in from Finland to read them a spellbinding story and, of course, hand out presents. With carols, magic and prizes thrown in, the day was Ho, Ho, Ho fun!
Finally, on Christmas Day, J-Life held its own party for 50 kids and parents, with a group of fun-loving Hope of the City volunteers on hand to play games, sing carols and share lots of yummy treats.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make Christmas 2014 so special for so many!