One way to contribute to society during the current economic downturn is to donate uniform invoice receipts and other items to charities, the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation said yesterday.
“We want to remind the public that there are many ways to offer charity,” said Maggie Yu, an official with the foundation. The foundation stressed that donations do not always have to be cash encouraging consumers to donate receipts, entrepreneurs to give away their products and students to offer their free time.
The foundation has been taking care of brain dead patients from low-income families for free since it was established in the 1980s. It cares for about 700 patients nationwide. However, it has recently been experiencing difficulty in fundraising, as many people feel the effects of rising utility costs.
Inspired by the foundation, Tu An-hui, a bakery shop owner, said that he has been collecting uniform invoice receipts from his customers for two weeks. As a token of encouragement, one freshly baked piece of bread is given for every 20 receipts received from a customer.
Every two months, a uniform invoice lottery is held by the government. A variety of cash prizes can be won according to the amount of matching numbers on a winning receipt.
As of Friday, a total of 2,684 receipts have been donated to the foundation.
Tu said he will also donate the profits from 250 items he sells every day to the organization.
“I want to give back to society because it has given me so much,” said Tu, who moved to Taipei from Kinmen 20 years ago to become a baker.