28th September 2023 – (Hong Kong) As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches tomorrow, many people are preparing to enjoy mooncakes and spend quality time with their families. However, homeless individuals with limited financial resources may not have the same opportunity. Recognising this, the Salvation Army Integrated Services for Street Sleepers (Yau Tsim Mong) recently joined forces with the Salvation Army Kowloon Central Corps, including officers and volunteers, to visit the streets and alleys of the Yau Tsim Mong district, delivering mooncakes and gift packages containing fruit drinks, towels, and other daily necessities to over 100 homeless individuals, extending warm wishes for the festive season. The interaction between the homeless individuals and volunteers was filled with greetings and well wishes, and the recipients expressed heartfelt gratitude and smiles upon receiving the gifts.
In addition, the Salvation Army continues its annual “Heartwarming Full Moon” Mid-Autumn campaign, with a goal of collecting 35,000 mooncakes and HK$630,000 in donations to assist 30,000 individuals in need, including but not limited to seniors, homeless individuals, and low-income families. A spokesperson of the Salvation Army Kowloon Central Corps, emphasised that despite the revival of a bustling and vibrant society, it is crucial not to overlook marginalized communities who are facing difficulties, as everyone has the right to enjoy the joy of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Since its establishment in 2002, the Salvation Army Integrated Services for Street Sleepers has been providing shelter and comprehensive care services to homeless individuals and those facing homelessness, including case counselling, outreach visits, and financial support. Since October 1st of last year, the homeless services have expanded from the Yau Tsim Mong district to the Kowloon and New Territories regions, covering 85% of the homeless population in Hong Kong.
The Salvation Army’s efforts to bring joy and support to the homeless during the Mid-Autumn Festival demonstrate their commitment to serving the community and ensuring that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, can experience the warmth and festivities of this traditional celebration. As the city comes together to commemorate the Mid-Autumn Festival, let us remember the importance of compassion and inclusivity, and extend a helping hand to those in need.