Many children in Eastern Europe, especially in Ukraine, have to grow up in poverty, illness and even in danger of war. The desire to bring joy to these children motivates the supporters of the Children’s Future Foundation (Stftung Kinderzukunft)to pack Christmas parcels every year — including us at Valdivia. The foundation’s projects help children in need all over the world. This year, it is once again calling on people to pack Christmas parcels. The parcels, which are often packed with a lot of heart, are then taken from all over Germany to Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine, where they are distributed to the poorest girls and boys and make the children’s eyes shine.
The campaign and its background
The low standard of living and high unemployment in Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina often have a tragic effect on families and especially on children. The global economic impact of the Ukraine war is compounding the situation, making it even worse for children in particular. Often, the household income is barely enough for food. If an illness occurs, a decision often has to be made between medicine and food. There are hardly any Christmas presents for children in families that lack the most basic necessities anyway. In slums, orphanages and homes for the disabled, where the Foundation has been distributing Christmas parcels for years, the children often look forward all year to the day when the Christmas presents arrive from Germany. “The campaign makes children forget their everyday worries and fears for a happy moment. “They beam all over when they receive their presents,” says Hans-Georg Bayer, Managing Director of Stiftung Kinderzukunft. “We are very grateful for the numerous active supporters and are pleased that we were able to win Lisa Paus, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, as patron of the campaign again this year.”
Anyone is welcome to participate
Everyone can participate within the framework of their possibilities. Singles, senior citizens, families, young people and children can take part. Kindergartens and schools are just as much a part of it as communities, associations and companies. Shoeboxes are packed with sweets and biscuits, toys, new clothes, hygiene articles or writing, painting and handicraft utensils for children and young people and wrapped in Christmas paper to make pretty presents. For better handling, the Foundation asks that the parcels be tied with a gift ribbon. Some supporters also call for participation in their companies and thus publicise the campaign. The easiest way to help is to share the foundation’s social media posts on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram. Every share and comment makes the campaign even better known, leads to more packages at the collection points and thus puts a smile on the faces of even more girls and boys in the run-up to Christmas.
A proven system for collection and redistribution
The parcels can be dropped off at numerous collection points nationwide. From Tuesday, 24 October, to Friday, 24 November 2023, the doors of most collection points will be open. Drop-off times vary and can be found on the Foundation’s website along with addresses since the end of September. The Foundation’s central warehouse is also open to all other collection points and parcel packers until 04.12.23. Individual parcels will be accepted and also those already packed in moving or pallet boxes. It is important that the number of packages is noted on the boxes. Deliveries are possible by telephone arrangement on 0170 / 99 80 940. The warehouse is located in the Aerolith Industrial Park, Stiftung Kinderzukunft, Lagerhausstraße 7–9, 63589 Linsengericht-Altenhaßlau.
Eight trucks then start their journey to the target countries in the first two weeks of December. There, the packages are distributed by staff, volunteers and organisations to needy children in orphanages, institutions for the disabled, kindergartens, schools, hospitals and slums. The religious affiliation of the children is irrelevant. Last year, the Foundation worked hand in hand with churches of different denominations and other organisations to bring the almost 38,000 parcels to the children despite all the Corona adversities.
This is how the transport costs are being covered
A voluntary cost contribution of 4 euros per donated parcel covers part of the costs for intermediate storage, packaging, fuel, tolls, insurance and much more. It can be paid via PayPal or bank transfer to the foundation. Due to the sharp increase in transport costs, this voluntary contribution is particularly important at the moment.
Those who would like to contribute to the remaining costs can make a donation with the key word Christmas to the Foundation’s account at Commerzbank Hanau IBAN DE79 5064 0015 0222 2222 00.
Please find our brief overview also on https://valdivia-consulting.com/en/christmal-parcel-drivegiving-joy-to-children-we-are-involved-want-to-join-in/.
(Image source: Stiftung Kinderzukunft)