Christmas Gifts for the children
Create-A-Smile  2010-01-22

Gifts are always an indispensable part of a celebration and most kids are impatiently waiting for that special moment. Some of the children are still waiting for Santa to show up – others are ahead in their perspective on life ;) knowing it is actually mom and dad who bring those home.

But what happens if you do not have parents, if they are so poor that buying gifts is never a family budget item. Let me share with you what did we do for such sweet children.

During the holidays team members turn into story characters, looking or cool and interactive ways to present gifts to children living in misfortunate circumstances, At Nezabravka Home for children Pavel was Santa (and the never managed to recognize him ;). But the little children did earn their presents because they had already had a whole Christmas program prepared – with songs, poems and dances.

For the children from Maria Teresia Home we managed to supply them with presents from the Christmas Gift Project. Choko (the clown) – Stefko – managed to make the laugh to tears. And latter as expected he gave them the presents while in return the children were eager to sing and dance. Here we decided to take individual pictures with every kid and later we gave them copies to keep.

Choko and Boko  also were invited to a festive Christmas celebration in the village of Yastrebovo where they had a great time playing with children on different games.

I must tell you how wonderful it feels to erupt so many smiles in a short time. Christmas is really the best time to proclaim the birth of Jesus. December was once again full of celebration parties for our team. And we thank God for allowing us to share so many gifts and to take in return the smiles and thankfulness of the children.

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