Saturday, 30 October 2010

christmas in a shoe box

Hi guys!

Yesterday it was time for a yearly ritual. I'm officially a Catholic and although I'm not religios at all, I participate in a project from the Diakonie (a non-profit welfare organization of the church) every year. It's called "Weihnachten im Schuhkarton" (christmas in a shoe box). It's the most wonderful idea to do something for children who live in misery and poverty.

For my German-speaking readers:

Diese Aktion gibt es in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz! Es geht darum Kindern in Armut (hauptsächlich in Georgien, Polen, Bulgarien, Slowakei etc.) ein schönes Weihnachtsfest zu bereiten indem man einen Schuhkarton voll mit schönen Kleinigkeiten packt. Falls ihr helfen möchtet findet ihr HIER alle wichtigen Infos.
Nach Weihnachten gibt es dann auf der Diakonie-Website immer Fotos, Videos und Dankesbriefe von den Kids, sich das anzuschauen ist meist schöner als jedes Geschenk.
Bis 15. November könnt ihr noch Schuhkartons in den landesweiten Abgabestellen abgeben.

So switching back to English now, here's how it works:

First you have to wrap a shoe box with gift wrap paper... make it look like a real gift.

Then you fill it with everything a children's heart desires (before you need to decide if the box is for a boy or a girl and for which age group).

Finished. My box contains toys, candy, socks and sanitary products for a girl between 5-9 years.

When I brought my box to the collecting point (a Christian bookshop) the owners were so amazed that young women like me pack these boxes as well. (Well, they're devout Christians, so I guess they don't see pierced people walk in their shop very often. ^^)
I left a little donation of 6 Euro in their collecting box because that's what they recommend to cover the transport expenses.

Then after Christmas there will be videos on the Diakonie website, showing where the shoe boxes were given to the poor children. Some of them still live in ruins without electricity, running water or a way to heat their rooms - which is so unbelievable. So you can imagine how happy the children are to receive gifts for Christmas :)

Oh last but not least here are the last two outfit photos. It's what I wore yesterday when I brought away my shoe box. I'll definitely pack another one next week (deadline is the 15th of November).

jacket + shirt + pants + scarf + hat: h&m, belt: new yorker, shoes: akira, bag: primark

What about you guys? Do you participate in welfare projects for Christmas or maybe even during the whole year?

Have a great weekend!

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  2. I know that your christmas box is such a wonderful idea. You've really inspired me, I'm going to see if there's anything like that near me.
    And you look fabulous. I really love your bag!

  3. Die Idee mit der Box ist wirklich gut, genau wie dein Outift! :)

  4. Oh die idee ist soooo süß!! ..just like yourself ;)

    Tolles/Schickes Outfit. bisous :)

  5. My sister is packing a whole bunch with some people from her office too. I think theirs are going to Pakistan and Haiti. She loves it too, I guess people will one day realize that young people want to help too :)

  6. I like your outfit as always and it's so nice of you, the christmas in a shoe box thing, you've done it perfectly :)) it feels good making someone less fortunate happy, doesn't it... :))

  7. The Christmas shoe box is such a wonderful idea, I've never heard about this until now and would love to do something like this too, it's so kind of you :D

  8. that is the sweetest idea! do i spy a my little pony? :D

  9. Following you back! (: I believe I have expressed much my love for your outfit at Chictopia! I really need to go to H&M store now! Awhhh.. you are such a kind hearted girl and inspiring! I wish I have more time and the heart to do such kind of charity work other than just some donations during the holiday!

    Have a festive day! (:

    Sanny's Head to Heart

  10. Good for you...we do the shoebox every year too at our school.
    Happy new week. xoxo

  11. love this look, LOVE those pants, definitely doing this adorable xmas box too :)


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