ANZA was a social network for all international expats living in Beijing, to meet, chat and make new friends in our “home away from home”. We also got together to help our local community and from time to time we asked members to contribute to small projects that would assist disadvantaged people in our local community and beyond.
Our Regular Community Drives
Mother’s Day Pamper Packs
Each year, in the lead up to Mother’s Day, ANZA asked its members to donate small bottles of toiletries and other personal hygiene products for our Mother’s Day Pamper Packs community drive. Through the donations made, the ANZA committee put together pamper packs to give to the hardworking nannies at the medical foster homes and orphanages that ANZA supports.
These women are like mothers to the babies in the homes around the clock so our pamper packs were just a small way of saying thank you for their dedication to these children.
The packs consisted of shampoos, body lotions, toothbrushes, soaps and other items which, while only small, made a huge difference to these women and helped to brighten up their day.
The nannies were so thrilled and grateful for the kindness shown by ANZA members.
“Return with Love”
In 2015 ANZA Beijing launched “Return with Love”, a campaign highlighting the needs of the medical foster homes and charities we support. We’d like to say “thank you” to everyone who contributed over the years – the response was always fabulous!
These homes are in constant need of supplies to enable them to do their wonderful work in caring for children with serious and life threatening medical conditions.
Each of these organisation’s websites feature information on how we can help and what supplies to bring them. For example, Hope Healing Home is always happy to receive nappies/diapers and baby formula as well as staples such as rice and cooking oil.
As a group we helped and we hope that others do as well.
We ask all Expats in Beijing to “Return with Love” from holidays and trips back home with a supply of hard-to-get or expensive items for these medical foster homes. If you cannot fit a few items into your bag, the Charities will still gratefully accept locally sourced items.
Visit each website and see what they need.
It could be as simple as getting some toothbrushes and toothpaste, but it all makes a difference in easing the running costs for these homes.
Chunmiao Little Flower http://chunmiaolittleflower.org/current-needs-list/
Hope Foster Home http://www.hopefosterhome.com/get-involved/our-needs/
Blue Sky Healing Home http://www.blueskyhealinghome.org/needslist2012.htm
Morning Star Foundation Current needs: diapers, wipes & high calorie formula
Thank you for your support of “Return with Love”.
“Hands of Hope” Christmas Tree
At ANZA’s Christmas Morning Tea, members were asked to donate a pair of gloves to our “Hands of Hope” Christmas Tree.
Each pair of donated gloves was hung on the Christmas Tree and by the end of the morning tea we had a tree full of winter gloves ready to be packaged and sent, via ANZA’s charity contacts, to people in need in regional China.
Thank you to everyone who contribute to our “Hands of Hope” Christmas Tree over the years!
(pictured here – yes, there is a tree under there!).