RELEX Season’s Greetings Calendar 2016
This year, we decided to spread the holiday joy by taking some time to do charitable activities all over Europe and North America.
All of our country teams asked their stakeholders to help in deciding which activities the RELEXians should do this holiday season. Many voted and the results can be found below.
We hope you enjoy our season’s greetings as much as we enjoyed spending time with the wonderful people we met through these charities.
Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!
Let Kids Be Kids (Team Sweden)
Sweden gave the world one of the most beloved children’s books authors of all times – Astrid Lindgren. Her books have spread joy and love across the world for kids alike, still, there are too many kids spending much of their childhood battling diseases. We decided to brighten their days: The Astrid Lindgren Childrens´ Hospital in Stockholm has recently renewed its facilities and will also build a new improved recreation room for the children – we made a donation to help them make this room come true. Photography by Mikael Wiklund.
Foster Family Christmas Party (Team Finland)
Helsinki Deaconess Institute Child Protection and Family Services’ work with children and families builds a dignified future every day. The RELEX team in Helsinki wanted to help kids living in foster families enjoy the holidays by arranging a small Christmas party. In addition to helping with the catering, the team arranged gingerbread decoration, arts and crafts and small presents for the kids. Despite being very busy, even Santa decided to join the fun!
Cheerful Holiday Rush (Team Finland)
The holiday season is about giving and spreading cheer. The RELEX team in Helsinki organized a sporty evening at an indoor trampoline park for the kids living in the residential care units at the Helsinki Deaconess Institute Child Protection and Family Services. After bouncing around and trying out the trapezes, dodgeball, wipeout zone, and climbing out of foam pits, 25 kids left with rosy cheeks and their hearts pounding.
The Great British Bake Off (Team UK)
Inspired by the TV series “The Great British Bake Off”, RELEXians based in the London office threw on their aprons for The RELEX Finnish/British Bake Off! Each of the 11 team members attempted a Mary Berry recipe, with varying success. The baked goods were then sold at a charity baking stall held in the London office. All proceeds raised went to the children’s charity NSPCC and we were happy to prove once more that doing good is great fun.
Operation Firewood (Team Norway)
Winters in Norway can be long and freezing. Especially for the ones living in poverty in old and poorly isolated buildings. Therefore, seven Norwegian RELEXians spent half a day helping “Operation Firewood” with chopping, packing and delivering firewood to the ones in need. The organization consists of ca. 25 volunteers, aged 69 and up, and they gave us valuable insight into their daily work, which the most important part is to care and listen to people who suffer. Thank you for a great day!
Sparkling Eyes (Team Germany)
Nothing says it’s the holidays like a sparkle in children’s eyes. Some need a break more than others, like the disadvantaged kids of Wiesbaden NGO “AG Schelmengraben”, for example. RELEX’s DACH-Team took them on an expedition to Castle Freudenberg and into the fascinating realm of human perception: Do you know the taste of sound? The Schelmengraben kids do now! The good vibes they experienced in the exhibition left a musical memory to stay with them throughout the holiday season.
Fresh Food Allocation 2.0 (Team U.S.)
We put our fresh food expertise to practice by volunteering at The Fresh MARTA Market. This pop-up farmstand is a collaboration between MARTA, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, SWAG (the South West Atlanta Growers Cooperative), and Community Farmers Markets. The market provides local growers economic opportunities while providing the community with access to affordable, fresh and healthy food. Excited to support the cause, the Atlanta team jumped right into replenishing shelves, managing inventory lists, and serving customers.