Many children around the world do not receive Christmas gifts. That’s why the Christian aid organization is calling “Samaritan’s Purse e. V.” Again for the “Christmas in a Shoebox” gift campaign. Principle: You cover a shoebox with Christmas paper and fill it with toys, paint and school supplies, hygiene products, clothes or stuffed animals for children aged 2 to 4, 5 to 9 or 10 to 14.

Packages for children in need can be left at Völkermarkt until November 13. Martina Pikalo from Bleiburg is coordinating the campaign on a volunteer basis for the first time. “It’s great that you can make a difference with this. Gifts are also given to orphans who live faith and love, ”she said. There is also the option of purchasing a “to-go box”, which is a prefabricated box that can only be filled later. “Although the items must be new, I also accept in-kind donations. These are then packaged by me or sent as bulk packages to the Christmas workshop in Berlin,” says Pikalo. This year, packages from German-speaking countries are going to Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Belarus, among others.

Six acceptance points

Packages can be dropped off at six collection points in the area. We are also asking for monetary donations to support the campaign. “Last year some costs increased sharply; we invested 11.49 euros for each child given a gift,” says Ursula Simon, who is responsible for managing the campaign in German-speaking Europe at the Christian charity “Samaritan’s Purse”. You can access all the details about the campaign online. www.die-samariter.org.

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