Laughing Santa on Xmas Eve

  • December 24, 2013 · 9:00 PM

Christmas is a time for sharing love and laughters.  Happiness means sharing!

Humanity is the meaning behind Christmas. In this X'mas Eve, we would like to invite you all to join our meaningful event to share love & laughters with the street sleepers in Hong Kong.

Who are the Street Sleepers in Hong Kong?

Street sleepers in Hong Kong might include those elderly people, drug addicts, people with family problems or money issue. And most of them actually have a low paid job. You might notice their appearance on the street, but not all of them have the damaged clothes or bad smell. But each of them have their own story.

Why we are doing this?

People on the street, they also deserve love and care. They the group of people visible physically, but mentally we tried to ignore them. 

What to do?

We will visit different street sleepers on Hong Kong Island and give our the food voucher for hot dish we purchased. The whole process will be from 9pm to around 11pm, and we will be on foot for most of the time. 

If you know Cantonese, you may like to talk a little bit to them. But even you don't know Cantonese, you can share love by helping to visit them, give the voucher and water to them.

As Nat used to visit the street sleepers in the past as the Integrated Service Team for Street Sleepers in Hong Kong. Here are the notes for buddies considering to join:

1) We will be moving from point to point on foot, so if you want to join us sometime in between 9-11pm, you may try to contact me at my contact number.

2) We need to purchase the food coupons before we kick start, so this time we need to collect the money in advance: please bank in to YOGAMATE Hang Sang Bank Account [masked]). We will arrange the purchase of food voucher in advance from the local restaurant (Cha Chan Ten) in Wanchai. 1 hot dish with a drink will be around $50, so please donate according to your condition. After bank in, please whatzapp[masked] or email to [masked] . 

All the bank-in should be made on or before 20 December, otherwise, we do not have enough time to make the purchase. 

3) If you cannot join the event, we also welcome you to support us by buying the food coupons to the street sleepers.

4) In case we got too much (never enough food in reality) coupons, we will give them to the integrated Service Team for Street Sleepers under St. James Settlement to distribute to the street sleepers in need.

5)One Street Sleeper will have 1 voucher only, as limited resources.

6) NO CASH or OTHER VALUABLE ITEMS should be given to them. 

7) No photo taking of the street sleepers without their permission. 

8) For all the buddies who attend, we will have a special Xmas gift for you. :)

Meetup Details:

Date: 24 Dec

Time & Venue: 9pm at Central MTR Station (TBC)

The path will be :

Central -> Admiralty -> Wan Chai -> Causeway Bay -> Happy Valley / Tin Hau (End Point)

This is our first time to organize this kind of paying forward event, please let us know if any questions or comments.

Hope to see you on this happy day~

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  • Iris

    i just delivered the snacks and McDonald coupons to 2 street sleepers near yuhwa Jordan. a few pedestrians stopped and watched, it was a bit awkward.

    December 25, 2013

    • Laughing Nat :.

      Super thanks! Because of you someone notice the street sleepers there. :) merry Xmas Santa Iris :)

      December 25, 2013

  • Susanna

    Nat, its an unusual experience on a Xmas Eve. Hope to join more volunteer activities in future.

    December 25, 2013

    • Laughing Nat :.

      Thanks for coming Susanna :) Let's spread love & laughter together soon :)

      December 25, 2013

  • Ute W.

    I am so sorry but I have caught a cold and don't feel well at all. Therefore I am not able to share this event. I wish you a wonderful Christmas eve and hope you can make the life of the streetsleepers a bit more happy!

    December 24, 2013

    • Laughing Nat :.

      Take care Ute and get well soon. Merry Xmas!

      December 24, 2013

  • Eve

    Can I join?

    December 23, 2013

    • Eve

      i see. if suddenly any spot avai, please inform. feeling to contribute by using my energy on people this Xmas. tks

      December 23, 2013

    • Laughing Nat :.

      Thx Eve, actually we don't have extra manpower for new volunteers( as we already over-recruited this time due to we already estimated the last minutes drop out in our attending list) so we cannot afford new people to join this time. But we will have new volunteering events upcoming. Hope to see you soon.

      December 23, 2013

  • Vanessa

    I have come done with a nasty cold. I hate to break this commitment, but with upcoming travel I cannot take the chance in the cold. I read that Eve would like to join, I hope she can fill my spot.
    Merry Christmas and sorry I cannot share this event with you. Enjoy

    December 23, 2013

    • Laughing Nat :.

      Hi Vanessa, no worry & no problem. We have stop recruit any other volunteers except on the list. So see you all next time

      December 23, 2013

  • Laughing Nat :.

    More about tomorrow's event.
    Street sleepers are a kind of people that they exist in our society but we know very little. Here I am going to provide some brief description about what to expect:
    1) They have unstable living & unpredictable lifestyle, so we will be walking on foot from Central to Happy Valley to see if we have the chance to meet them. I cannot guarantee.

    2) From the media, we know they are very poor in their current condition. There are many reasons led them to this path. So be open to listen to their stories. Most of them are Hong Kong & Cantonese speaker, but not all. 3) Life is full of changes. To the street sleepers, they have some hard time with their families, job and their love one. Only very few of them are borne to be street sleepers. They used to be like anyone of us before. We are not going to change their lifestyle by visiting them, we are bringing love and hope to them, and let them know: "they deserved to be love & care".

    December 23, 2013

  • Laughing Nat :.

    Hohohahaha lovely laughing buddies,
    Thank you for choosing to share your love & time with the street sleepers on Xmas Eve. Let me confirm the meetup details as follows:
    Date: 24 Dec
    Time: 9 pm
    Venue: Central MTR station J1 Exit (inside station)
    For those who already transferred the donation(Ada &Irene), I will purchase the coupon. Some buddies will help specific tasks in the private message (Divina & Anna). For those who haven't received any special task, please purchase some McDonald's coupon for the street sleepers.

    In case you need to contact me, please contact me at 66268406. ( whatzapp also)

    December 23, 2013

  • Sarah

    Hey Nat sorry for the late notice, i just came back to hk but i won't be able to join you guys on the 24th as i'm traveling elsewhere.

    December 23, 2013

  • Meraj

    Hey Nat, I just came across this event and would like to join. Am I too late?

    December 22, 2013

    • Laughing Nat :.

      Hi Meraj, this time the event is closed to RSVP, coz we need to prepare the materials for tomorrow. But stay tuned, special laughing volunteering opportunities also coming. :) Merry Xmas!

      December 23, 2013

  • Divina

    Hi Nat, is it okay to bring my daughter with me?

    December 20, 2013

  • Laughing Nat :.

    Lovely people, if you do not have time to bank in, please purchase the coupon from McDonald's and bring your coupon with you when attending this meetup. For those who already bank in, we will help you to purchase the relevant coupon or food for the event:)

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Ute W.

    Hi, did you get the money via paypal? Please let me know.

    December 15, 2013

    • Laughing Nat :.

      Ute , let me check this and let u know as soon as possible

      December 15, 2013

  • Patrice

    What is TBC?

    December 12, 2013

  • Vanessa

    this is my first connection with Laugh Yoga, as I work long hours and have not been able to join. I am in HK for the holidays and will be on my own-I welcome this opportunity to meet the group and to participate in the sharing.

    November 24, 2013

    • Laughing Nat :.

      haha Vanessa! Can't wait to share laughters and joy with you on this event :)

      November 25, 2013

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