In december, organizes Stockholms Stadsmission fundraising in order to be able to provide to financially vulnerable families and individuals in homelessness. Where can you go to donate a gift to those who do not have the same opportunities to celebrate christmas.
" Christmas is a holiday that means a lot to many, but can also mean a lot of anxiety and concern for people. It is hard to translate the feeling of what it means to get a christmas gift. The joy that it brings means very much to us and the people we encounter in our business, " says Robin Benigh at Stockholms Stadsmission.Robin Benigh working with the collection at the Stockholm city mission. Photo: Linda Nyqvist/Stockholms Stadsmission
Robin Benigh mean that the collections can provide something for both the person who is in need of help, but also mean something for those who get an opportunity to give to others.
" I think it is important for people to know that you can help those who are in ones proximity. Therefore, I think it is an important opportunity that we all ought to take to be on, that we can spread the christmas cheer, " says Robin Benigh at Stockholms Stadsmission.
which is one of Stockholm's Stadsmissions children and ungdomsverksamheter, christmas gifts to 500 families and 1,200 children. They hope to be able to provide at least as many this year. Julklappsinsamlingen takes place on two occasions, on 15 and 22 december at the Fatburs Brunnsgata 26.
Erica Sandin is director of operations at the Young Station and tells about the situation for some families around christmas. She tells us about how parents experience increased stress when the money, as in the regular case, just barely enough to, will not be enough for christmas gifts and food.
– the Expectations of parents on how you should celebrate christmas are high. We meet many families with children who are economically vulnerable, who cannot afford anything extra. We find that it means a lot for them to come here and take part of aid, " says Erica Sandin.
the Children are often aware of the situation, they are not asking for things and they pester not about christmas gifts. Therefore becomes a joy extra large for you do not expect to get a christmas gift.
She tells of children who do not expect to get christmas presents because they know that their parents can't afford.
" Children are often aware of the situation, they are not asking for things and they pester not about christmas gifts. They adapt and try to protect their parent. Therefore becomes a joy extra large for you do not expect to get a christmas gift. Also the little means a lot, " says Erica Sandin.
gift cards, biocheckar, lego, SL-tickets and crafts appreciated. Or gift card on food that goes to the family. Christmas gifts that are tailored to children and young people from newborn to 20 years old. For people in homelessness are in demand especially warm clothes, underwear, socks and hygiene items.
the Stockholm city mission would like to see the christmas presents are new and unused. It is possible to donate second-hand clothes and things, but then to the second-hand stores and not at the julklappsinsamlingarna.
" Our participants get so incredibly rarely something new. There is a value to providing something that is new to a person who, in ordinary cases, never receive anything, " says Robin Benigh.