River of Hearts - Letter to Friends of ROH


Thank you for Supporting River of Hearts!

We are thrilled that for many years, River of Hearts (ROH) has had the opportunity to work with schools, companies, and community groups to send shipments of clothing to communities of need throughout China. This year, however, after much consideration and with sad hearts, we have decided it is time to end the River of Heart program after fifteen years.


Why now?

In the last few years, China has changed. The communities that truly are in need of our donations are further and further away each year—which means higher shipping costs and pivot towards more on-site resources. We have shipped donations to communities in Qinghai, Sichuan, and even as far as Tibet in the last two years. Moreover, we have come to believe that material donations are no longer the best way to support these communities.

Community Center Shanghai is still invested in supporting communities in need through other charity projects such as Giving Tree and Charity LINK.   


What does this mean?  

We will no longer be accepting donations from individuals or organizations, and we will no longer host public sorting parties on a regular basis. 


What will happen to all the donations River of Hearts still has?

We will send all remaining donations at our drop-off locations to be recycled.


I still have lots of clothing and old items that I want to donate, what should I do?

No worries! There are other organizations we recommend for you to donate your items.


- Feimayi (Flying Ants): http://www.feimayi.net/

- (Helpful guide in English: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/QMTP4i_OaguW2v9EtLu5Dg)

- Green Initiatives: http://greeninitiatives.cn/projects


We are deeply grateful for all the time and energy you have invested in the River of Hearts program. Thank you for helping us support communities in need across China since 2003!


- The River of Hearts team at CCS