It’s normal to get caught up in the preparations for Chinese New Year, which seems to always take us by surprise as soon as we’re done attending New Year’s gatherings and just settling back to work and school routines. But rather than just think about all the new things we have to buy for ourselves come CNY, we should also consider how we can give some kindness and thought to those in need during these festive celebrations.
Whether you celebrate CNY or not, consider purchasing some delicious CNY treats and cookies from the following local charitable causes. Your CNY will be all the more sweeter knowing that all these proceeds are going to help and support someone else!
The Ugly Cake Shop makes it a point not to use artificial flavourings in their confections. In fact, they use high quality ingredients and have pledged to donate part of their profits to feed kids in Timor-Leste! If you want a balanced and healthier sweet treats, this might be the place for you. They’re selling their Lunar New Year special cookies right now!
The Metta Welfare Association is a charitable organisation that provides disability, medical, children care and special education in the 9 centres it has established over the island. They support over 1,000 beneficiaries and are also selling CNY cookies here!
Eating Out Over CNY? Why not have a meal at the following places!
A humble café with tasty dishes, Food for Thought is located in several places around Singapore (the Botanic Gardens, National Museum, and Queen Street). The eatery supports several social causes such as reducing starvation and poverty, as well as providing clean water and education to the less fortunate.
This special café is one of a few in Singapore that empower the differently-abled by recruiting staff who have special needs and allowing them to develop essential skills at work. With affordable and delicious looking mains, it looks like a great place for a family outing or a date.
Lastly, if you or any of your friends run businesses in the food industry, you can also give to the needy through non-profit programmes like Food From The Heart, which accepts food donations to the needy.
We hope this post will encourage you to send good thoughts and support to those who need it as we ring in the Year of the Monkey (: