Christmas charity part II: While I'm at it, let me publish this email which I received recently from a friend who is involved with Projekt Sance, a program to help homeless kids in Prague.
Do they know it's Christmas?
In collaboration with Project Sance*, Bluebird** is determined to share the spirit of Christmas with hundreds of underprivileged youngsters.
With your support of the Bluebird 2003 Christmas Gift-Giving project, we can make the magic of Christmas a reality for them. Contributions of basic food and clothing are needed.
Suggested food donations include: powdered soups, concentrated beverages (syrup, powder, etc.), coffee, sugar, tea (black or fruit), packaged Christmas pastries or cookies, precooked/dehydrated foods and meals, and canned meats.
Suggested clothing donations include warm (woolen) socks and hats.
How specifically can you contribute to the Bluebird 2003 Christmas Collection?
As an individual: Collect any food or clothing from the above list and call Karolyn Andrews at 721 509 149 (English) or Tereza Urbánková 602 531 391 (Czech and English) for delivery details.
As a company: Designate a project coordinator. Place 2 boxes/containers in an area where employees can donate food or clothing from the above list. Have your project coordinator call Karolyn Andrews at 721 509 149 (English) or Tereza Urbánková 602 531 391 (Czech and English) for delivery details.
When and where:
Donations of food and clothing should be delivered on Friday, December 19, Saturday, December 20, and Monday, December 22. For delivery information, contact Karolyn Andrews at 721 509 149 (English) or Tereza Urbánková 602 531 391 (Czech and English).
Contribute to the Bluebird 2003 Christmas Give-Giving project, and let them know it's Christmas.
That suggestion for warm clothes got to me a bit. I walk every day in the park near my office. It's hilly and there is a lot of shrubbery and scrub growth. I have seen obviously homeless kids, carrying their few belongings stuffed into plastic carrier bags, looking for places to crawl up into the bush and sack out. The other day I came around a corner on one trail and saw a dirty, discarded sleeping bag (summer weight) and lying next to it a can of toluene. Opened and empty. Rather heartbreaking.