“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Teresa
In December, I will be going to Romania to take part in the Cry In The Dark - Christmas Shoebox Trip.
Click here to view a video of Cry In The Dark
Cry In The Dark have built a residential care home called Casa Lumina for 22 young people with special needs.
Cry In The Dark have also built a hospice called Hospice Casa Albert and this provides care for 50 + children and young adults with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.
* We will be Delivering shoeboxes to the homes of patients and their famillies.
Video for 2011/2012 Link Romania Family Shoebox Appeal
Many of these families do not have running water, heating or electricity. Some live in appaling conditions, often living in one or two rooms, and life for them is a real struggle to survive.
The shoeboxes are given to families who often have to make the choice between buying food or fuel at Christmas time - buying presents is just not a priority.
A donation will go towards the purchase of small presents
(necklaces and bracelets) for all the children that we will see.
* We will be visiting patients in a state run asylum
The 100+ patients in the State instititution rarely have visitors and love to see us when we visit.
Donations will go towards buying cakes and sweets for the patients .. a real treat for them and something they will be very grateful for.
* We will visit orphans and terminally ill children.
The bigger the donation, the more opportunity we have to purchase some great presents for the children.
On a previous trip out to Romania, a friend donated £100 and I used that donation to purchase a bicycle for a child with a life threatening illness who had never owned any toys, let alone a bicycle ( it had always been their wish to own a bicycle ).
I will never forget that childs reaction to receiving that present. He was completely amazed .. and grinning from ear to ear !
* We will also run a Christmas party for some of the children and be involved with the annual nativity play at Casa Lumina.
We want to make Christmas special for some children in Romania who otherwise would not receive anything in the way of presents, let alone the simple things like a hug or a smile.
For some terminally ill children, this may be their last Christmas .. we want to make it special for them and to let them know they are loved and valued.
We are very grateful for any amount that is donated and we can assure you it will be put to good use in buying presents and providing a lot of joy for those who we get to see.
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