Despite 2020 being a tough year, Shopee wants to foster a stronger community spirit by celebrating small acts of kindness that can make a meaningful difference.
From December 1 to 25, Shopee will be supporting the local community with charitable initiatives, which offers shoppers the opportunity to spread the festive cheer.
It has also brought in partners like foodpanda, UOB and Häagen-Dazs to make giving more fun and rewarding.
There are four simple ways that users can give back on Shopee: (1) Participate in Shopee Farm, (2) Donate via Shopee’s Digital Donation Drive, (3) Donate your Shopee Coins, (4) Purchase meaningful Christmas Gifts from Social Service Agencies.
As you shop away on Shopee this Christmas, do bear in mind these simple ways for you to do good and give back:
1. Plant a Giving Tree on Shopee Farm
‘Tis the season of joy and giving, and Shopee is letting you do your part via Shopee Farm.
From 15 to 19 December, shoppers can take part in the #ShopeeGivesBack edition as an act of donation.
To participate, simply choose a seed from foodpanda, UOB, or Häagen-Dazs to plant and water it regularly until it reaches the harvest stage.
When you harvest your Giving Tree by December 31, you will get to redeem exclusive partner vouchers. For every tree harvested, Shopee and our partners will also donate $1 to the beneficiaries from 15 to 19 December.
2. Donate & Get Rewarded
Shopee is making it super convenient for you to do good by letting you donate directly on its app. From now till December 25, users can choose to donate to charities of their choice.
Shopee’s main beneficiary this year is the SG Cares Giving Week Fund under the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).
This partnership aims to support smaller and lesser-known charity partners that have been impacted by the drop in donations to their causes, as well as those faced with the lack of fundraising avenues.
The impact that these smaller charities make to their beneficiaries — ranging social causes like children, seniors, health, animal welfare and even arts and heritage — collectively is crucial, so we should definitely lend a helping hand.
You can donate denominations of S$5, S$10, and S$25 to SG Cares Giving Week Fund and in return, donors will receive a voucher from Shopee’s participating partners — foodpanda, UOB and Häagen-Dazs — as a gesture of appreciation.
Additionally, in partnership with nine animal welfare groups such as SPCA, SOSD, and Action for Singapore Dogs, users can also donate S$5 to any group of their choice and receive an exclusive voucher pack.
3. Donate Shopee Coins
Beyond cash donations, Shopee also allows users to donate their in-app currency Shopee Coins, which can be used to offset purchases.
You can easily earn Shopee Coins with simple tasks such as doing daily check-ins and joining in their plethora of in-app activities.
With as low as 100 Shopee Coins, you can redeem it to donate S$1 to non-governmental organisations such as Singapore General Hospital (SGH) Needy Patients Fund, Lions Befrienders, Breast Cancer Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
4. Buy Christmas Gifts
From now until December 25, you can purchase meaningful Christmas gifts from Social Service agencies on Shopee like SPD, Very Special Arts, and Touch Community Services, in partnership with North East Community Development Council.
They each sell handmade goods, ranging from stationeries like greeting cards and journals, to festive food like roasted turkey and Gingerbread cookies, as well as cushion covers and umbrellas.
Every purchase with them helps to give them a sense of purpose, and your act of shopping also gives them a sustainable livelihood.
Give For Good This Christmas
As we bask in the festive season, we must also remember those who are underprivileged and facing tough times amid this pandemic-stricken era.
In light of Christmas’ true season of giving, do go one step beyond gifting presents to your loved ones by giving back to the community.
Some people are less fortunate than others and may not be able to receive Christmas gifts this holiday season, so this can be your chance to spread some joy and put a smile on their faces.
Shopee is also making it easy for you to give back with a few simple taps, and that one small act of kindness will definitely go a long way in touching the lives of those in need.
Furthermore, Shopee is rewarding you with voucher gifts for every donation you make.
Do spread the Christmas cheer with Shopee by lending your support to help these charities sustain themselves with the needed financial support so that their good work for the communities they serve can continue.
Find out how you can do good this Christmas on Shopee here.
This article was written in collaboration with Shopee.
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