Christmas is a time for family and celebration, but also an opportunity to remember those less fortunate, for whom presents and Christmas trees do not represent a possibility. To that end, Blue Projects teams in Romania, Belgium, Poland, Russia and Canada took part in various charity activities, meant to highlight what the holiday season should be about: coming together and looking out for each another.
In Romania, our teams in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca volunteered to take part in the “O masa calda” (A hot meal) project, preparing and serving food to poor and homeless people. Apart from contributing to a worthy cause, this was also a great teambuilding event. Another donation was made to the Open-Door Foundation from Romania, which offers assistance and shelter to victims of human trafficking.
Our colleagues in Poland raised money for an educational facility for intellectually-disabled children. Their donation consisted of books, toys, candy and essentials. After delivering the gifts, they attended the Christmas pageant and also spent some time with the kids. Additionally, the Polish team came together on Christmas Eve to honour the survivors of the Warsaw Uprising and donated to the House of the Combatant.
The Belgian team donated clothes, board games and prepared food packages for an organisation called Sint-Vincentius Mechelen-Noord. They assist people in need with food, clothing etc
Our colleagues in Russia partnered with an NGO in Novomoskovsk that helps large low-income families (with more than 4 children) and bought food and clothes for 2 families. They also raised a good amount of money for the local children’s hospital, which unfortunately is underfunded. Our colleagues’ donation of toys and child care products brought a ray of sunshine to the kids during the holiday season. A donation was also made to the running club in Lipetsk, enabling the young athletes to participate in competitions.
In Canada, Blue Projects made a donation to Chilliwack Community Services (CCS). Through a partnership with the Salvation Army, CCS distributes holiday hampers to families struggling financially from that area. Everyone in the community gets involved by leaving gifts under the “Angel Trees” at local businesses, organizing gala events and toy donations, or helping to assemble and deliver the hampers