Here are a few suggestions of ways to spread a bit of extra Christmas cheer this holiday season. If you’d like to suggest any other ideas, please add them in the comments below, or contact us and we will do our best to include them.
This follows on from last year’s successful appeal, where gift bags were donated for around 75 residents at the Foyer St. Antoine (a home for asylum seekers, which is run by the charity Caritas). This year another Facebook group has been set up to spread Christmas kindness to more displaced people in Luxembourg:
“If you would like to participate, please contact the group to be given information (gender, age) about a specific individual, couple or family to make each bag more personal. We are setting a limit of approximately €20 to €25 per bag. Essential items such as toiletries and shaving items are always appreciated. There is information on the page regarding useful items and drop off points. Please like the page and message us if you would like to participate! We would like to collect all the bags by 19 December.”
This year the Anglican Church of Luxembourg is inviting people to participate in a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ in aid of ADT Quart Monde, which supports families in need in Luxembourg. Between 24 November and 18 December, people are trying to add one non-perishable food item a day to a suitable box or bag, although they assure us that it’s no problem if you can’t add something every day. They will be collecting all the donations at their Family Carol Service on 18 December for delivery to ADT Quart Monde.
The following items would be especially appreciated: Tea, UHT milk, ground coffee, biscuits, biscottes/toast, sugar, jam, honey (small jars preferably), tinned vegetables, stock cubes, rice, pasta (normal and gluten free), rice, sachets of powdered/instant soup, small bottles of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and packs of fruit juice (from concentrate). If possible, please try to include a few Christmas-themed items, for example Christmas biscuits or Stollen.
The Gifts for Kids project, coordinated by the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg since 1996, provides presents for Saint Nicholas Day on December 6 to over 700 children in Luxembourg. The Gifts for Kids committee sends out the holiday toy catalogue from Cactus to over 70 children’s group homes, foyers and refugee centers. Each child chooses a gift they wish to receive from St. Nicholas.
The Gifts for Kids Committee will purchase the presents with the money donated and will ensure that every single child on our list will receive the present they asked for. Members of the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg will deliver these presents to the various foyers throughout Luxembourg the week before December 6.
To pick up an ornament containing the bank details for the appeal, look out for specially decorated Christmas trees at St. George’s school, ISL, and Sunflower Montessori crèche, as well as at the AWCL Clubhouse:
Many people want to get involved in the community and help in some way, but it’s hard to know where to start, or whether the simple things we might do would make a difference. Serve the City organises events where volunteers can start by showing kindness in practical ways to people in need, believing that many people doing small things together can make a big difference. Serve the City is an international movement that began in Brussels in 2005, and came to Luxembourg in 2012 – take a look at the video below to find out more:
“Serve the City creates events that mobilize many volunteers to serve in simple ways, through sports, music, arts and crafts, meals, friendship and more. We are the connection between the good intentions and talents of people who can volunteer and a meaningful opportunity to get involved.”
If you’ve read our Christmas gift guides for men & women and you’re still stuck for the perfect gift, why not consider a charitable one that benefits people in need, such as the ‘cadeaux solidaires’ offered by Caritas. After selecting the specific ‘gift’ you’d like, you’ll be sent a gift voucher to print and put under the Christmas tree. This year Caritas are asking people to support their work in Bangladesh:
“This year, through our solidarity gifts, we propose to support the establishment of crèches in Bangladesh. In this country, workers in the textile industry often have no choice but to leave their children alone at home to go to work. Custody opportunities for infants are therefore essential. This is what Caritas Luxembourg proposes and supports.”
Further suggestions for ideas to include here are welcome – we’ll add them to the list below:
- All Nations Church are collecting Christmas gift bags for women working in the red light district of Luxembourg, with the aim of making this Christmas a little more warm and special for these women living at the margins of our society. For more details, including suggestions of what to include, take a look at their website.
- GivingAtLux are running a Winter Action with the asbl Attitude d’Amour again this year, to give a hand to those in need. They are collecting food bags, winter clothes and shoes, and baby related items – for more details, including a list of specific food items they’re looking for, please take a look at their Facebook page.
Merry Christmas from all of us at City Savvy Luxembourg!