During this time of the year, most of us begin to take stock of how fulfilling the year has been, and start gearing up for the next. As we count our blessings and express gratitude for the moments, people, and ups and downs, we are reminded more than ever about giving back to society. With SG Cares Giving Week, making a difference could not be any easier this holiday season.
From 1 to 7 December 2021, come together to give your best to care for one another through mutual care and support. SG Cares Giving Week is jointly organised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, the National Council of Social Service, and the SG Cares Office. Play your part with everyday F&B, retail, and entertainment partners!
With an ardent desire to inspire and encourage the public to take action through micro-giving activities, here are four places to eat, play, and shop to spread the spirit of giving beyond the holidays. After all, it’s the little things that count.
1. AWWA X One Dollar Only
This year, One Dollar Only is working with AWWA to support “The Reason We Smile – Children Need You“ campaign which seeks to make a difference to over 12,000 AWWA clients within 30 services organization-wide.
From now till 31 December 2021, S$1 from every order placed on the One Dollar Only website will be donated to AWWA’s Welfare Fund as part of SG Care’s Giving Week.
Amidst the challenges and change for everyone, it has been extremely difficult for certain more vulnerable families in our society. Every dollar of your donation goes into making a difference and an impact, in supporting these children and families. Let’s put a smile on faces and bless families who require support with simple things in life, such as a small gift or a kind gesture.
As the famous saying by Oscar Wilde goes, ‘The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention’. We hope Singaporeans can come together during SG Cares Giving Week to give back as we shop this season.
In a time of digital-first approach, Endowus is no stranger to those seeking alternatives to grow their wealth. The digital wealth advisor allows people to invest their Central Provident Fund (CPF), cash, and Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS), all in one platform.
This holiday season, they’re adding one more component for us to invest in—kindness. Endowus has launched a “Giving Machine” programme which sponsors physical and virtual vending machines for the public to donate to 15 different charities.
With 12 physical vending machines across four shopping malls in Singapore (KINEX, Marina Square, Velocity), one can simply visit and purchase a gift donation. Alternatively, e-donations are accepted online as well. View all charities and make your donations over on the website here.
3. Huggs Coffee
Indeed, it’s been a year of surprises as travel begins to resume amidst the pandemic. While the gruelling year slowly comes to an end, the hustle goes on for our frontliners. To express our gratitude to frontliners and friends, Huggs Coffee has organised a campaign to pay tribute to their service.
To participate, the process is pretty easy.
- Upload a photo/video with/of a frontliner on Instagram stories
- Add the hashtag #SendHuggs, and tag @viddsee and @huggs.sg to your story.
- Share in your story why you think they deserve a cup of Huggs coffee.
- 50 recipients will be selected daily to redeem a free cup of Huggs coffee.
Alternatively, if social media isn’t your scene, one can pay it forward with a pre-purchased Kindness Bundle for a frontliner. Bundle A (S$8) comes with a cup of local kopi or teh and one pastry. Bundle B (S$11.50) comes with a cup of speciality coffee and one pastry. Orders can be placed here.
As a coffee lover myself, trust me when I say a cuppa coffee goes a long way. The act of giving back isn’t measured by quantity but by the compassion of the heart. Together we can enact change, one good deed at a time.
Over at SAFRA, the well-loved initiative Let’s Gift For A Reason is back for the 6th Edition.The aim is straightforward and purposeful: to fulfil the wishes of 600 less privileged children and fund necessities for 2,500 seniors and low-income households.
Through this initiative, SAFRA seeks to provide an avenue for our members to make a direct impact on the community by extending a helping hand to those in need. The collaboration with SG Cares Giving Week comes as an additional avenue to reach out to more beneficiaries given the COVID-19 situation.
There are two meaningful causes under the initiative—Adopt A Wish and Adopt A Bag.
Adopt A Wish is aimed at putting a smile on the faces of children from low-income families and caregivers to persons with disabilities by granting their wishes.
How to Adopt a Wish:
- Head to any SAFRA Club from now to 12 December 2021 and pick a wish (or two) from the wish board.
- Register your selected wish with the officers at the Customer Service Counters.
- Fulfil the wish, wrap it as a gift and write your well-wishes for the beneficiaries.
- Return the wrapped wish, together with the gift tag and the name of the beneficiary to the same SAFRA club by Sunday, 12 December 2021.
- All beneficiaries will receive their wishes between 18 and 19 December 2021.
Adopt A Bag provides support for low-income households which include elderlies and families living in one-room rental flats. Each bag comes with S$20 worth of daily necessities.
How to Adopt a Bag:
- Visit the Adopt A Bag website from now to 15 December 2021.
- Select the number of bags that you’d like to adopt.
- Check out and make your payment.
There’s no better time than the present to start giving back. The next time this thought crosses your mind, let us be reminded that being able to receive gifts is a gift. When we receive gifts, we give a gift of giving. Thankfully for SG Cares Giving Week, giving back just got a lot easier (and nearer!)
To find out more partners, head over to the Everyday Giving page here. Plus, The Great Singapore Give is happening for the whole month of December; the perfect opportunity to make a memorable impact on the lives of others. If you like to support a cause of your choice or find out how you can make a difference to these beneficiaries, visit the SG Cares Giving Week website or download the SG Cares app to find out more.
The cost of happiness is priceless and often starts with one kind act. Let that step be taken today from wherever you are!
*This post was brought to you in partnership with SG Cares Giving Week, jointly organised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, the National Council of Social Service, and the SG Cares Office.
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