Become a Hunger Day box collector

Photo: Marjaana Malkamäki / Suomen Punainen Risti

Supporting each other. Forever.

The Hunger Day collection is best known for the volunteer box collectors wearing red vests in the streets. Have you seen how happy they are to help and work together?

You could be one of them. Collecting is fun and easy.

The next Hunger Day box collection takes place between 23 and 25 September 2021. Put on the red vest and join our group of helpers! Do not forget that you can also raise funds online throughout the campaign from the beginning of September until the end of October. 

Learn more about your city’s Hunger Day event and become a box collector here. You can see on the event page whether volunteering as a box collector is possible without registering in advance.

If you cannot find your city’s details or you have any questions, please contact us at keraykset(at)punainenristi.fi.

Questions and answers about box collecting

The Hunger Day box collection takes place between 23 and 25 September 2021. You will need to bring a photo ID and weather-appropriate clothing.

Please sign up in advance – in some towns, however, volunteering is possible without registering in advance.

You will only need to bring a photo ID and weather-appropriate clothing. Remember to bring your own gloves to make box collecting as safe as possible in the coronavirus pandemic.

  • When collecting, wear a mask, keep a safe distance and take care of good hand hygiene.
  • Masks and hand sanitiser will be available at the collection point.
  • Do not approach potential donors too actively; let them come to you.
  • Be in contact with a donor only for a short period of time.
  • Where possible, collect donations outdoors.
  • Observe the local coronavirus situation.

You can choose for how long and where you wish to collect. You can volunteer for all three box collection days or even for just 30 minutes.

The best places to collect are areas where people are out and about. You can also pick up the box on your way to work and ask your colleagues whether they would like to donate to Hunger Day.

In addition to box collecting, you can collect donations online. The easiest way to participate in Hunger Day is to become a Hunger Day digital fundraiser.

The best places to collect are areas where people are out and about. Standing in front of shops and other busy public places is a good option. When you receive your collection box and vest from the volunteer handing them out, ask for their advice on where to collect.

Anyone can become a box collector. Primary school-aged children must be joined by a sufficient number of adults to be in charge of the boxes and children. Hobby groups, groups of colleagues and school classes can also participate.

A box collector does not need to be a member or volunteer of the Red Cross; anyone who wants to help by providing their time can join in.

Anyone can become a box collector. Primary school-aged children must be joined by a sufficient number of adults to be in charge of the boxes and children. Upper stage comprehensive school students can go and collect together as a group. Hobby groups, school classes or sports clubs can also pick up a box or few and collect together.

The easiest way to participate in Hunger Day is to collect donations online and in social media.

Become a Hunger Day digital fundraiser!

Information about the Hunger Day collection

The easiest way is to donate online

MobilePay or Pivo

Use MobilePay to transfer the desired sum to the number 10900

Use Pivo to transfer the desired sum to the number 888500

SMS donation

Donate €20 – Text the word SPR20 to the number 16499

Donate €15 – Text the word SPR to the number 16499

Donate €10 – Text the word SPR10 to the number 16499

Donate €5 – Text the word SPR5 to the number 16499

Participate in the joint online collection

Donate to the Hunger Day Facebook fundraiser

Donate to the joint Hunger Day online collection

Account information

Account: OP FI52 5000 0120 4156 73. Recipient: The Finnish Red Cross. Reference number: 5173

The Hunger Day collection raises uncommitted funds for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The funds are not committed in advance to any specific target. Therefore, the funds can be spent quickly where the need for aid is the greatest.

Right now, help is needed urgently in Afghanistan and Haiti, for example.

Help is also repeatedly needed e.g. in the Philippines, one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to disasters: typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, rainstorms, floods, drought and landslides are common and cause human suffering. After a natural disaster, the Red Cross distributes water canisters, hot food, tarpaulins and hygiene packages to families and provides first aid and psychosocial support. The Red Cross anticipates and prepares for catastrophes and assists communities in rebuilding. 

In Finland, the funds collected through the Hunger Day collection are used to enable the training of volunteers and maintain domestic preparedness in order to respond effectively to various crises. Sudden accidents and disturbances include disasters such as fires, floods and major accidents. Volunteers often play an important role in encountering people in a comprehensive manner in their time of need.  

At least 80 cents from each euro donated to the Disaster Relief Fund are directed towards an aid operation. According to the rules of the Disaster Relief Fund, the collection expenses must not exceed 20 per cent.

These expenses are made up of acquiring collection equipment, such as collection boxes and vests, as well as collection safety and communications. The rules of the Disaster Relief Fund and the strict control regulate the use of the donated funds.

Here are some examples of what money can buy.

Around the world:

  • €1.2: soap for a family living in a refugee camp to prevent coronavirus infections
  • €3.8: three days’ worth of food for a family suffering from food shortage
  • €5: a fruit tree for a family suffering from food shortage to ensure an independent source of food
  • €35: a drought-resistant garden for a family to ensure an independent source of food.

In Finland:

  • €50: training in psychosocial support for a volunteer
  • €160: clothes for a fire victim.

Yes. For example, people who have lost their homes in fires need help with necessary purchases, starting with a toothbrush. The Red Cross also provides psychosocial support for accident victims and their families.

The coronavirus crisis has emphasised the importance of being prepared. The Hunger Day donations allow us to maintain our preparedness for operating under exceptional circumstances.

The Disaster Relief Fund is also used to support the preparedness of the Voluntary Rescue Service. These volunteers support the authorities e.g. in finding missing persons and during major accidents.

Read more about the uses of Hunger Day donations in Finland

Hunger Day is a Finnish Red Cross collection organised in September each year. Hunger Day was born when the volunteer Mailis Korhonen from Pälkäne had an idea for the ”fundraising campaign for everyone in Pälkäne” in 1980.

The event quickly spread throughout the country and is currently organised in nearly every Finnish municipality.

The first Hunger Day collection was organised to help the victims of famine in East Africa, hence the name Hunger Day. Back then, people were encouraged to eat lightly on Hunger Day and donate the saved funds to the collection. ​

​Today, you can spend Hunger Day as you wish – not even feasting is forbidden. The idea of Hunger Day is that everyone should have enough food and those in need should receive aid.

Become a Hunger Day digital fundraiser
Become a Hunger Day digital fundraiser
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