CHRISTMAS WITHOUT DAD
Christmas gifts collection for children,
who have suffered from the war in Ukraine.
The idea was born in 2014, and it was supposed to be a one-time form of aid for the families of those Ukrainian soldiers who had been killed in the war in the East of Ukraine. No one could foresee that this was just the beginning of the war, and that the number of orphaned children would increase by thousands.
The war is still ongoing, and along with the number of victims, the number of children who have lost their fathers has been growing.
Individual gifts have been delivered to Ukraine on Christmas Eve, which is celebrated there on January 7. Each gift is individually packed by volunteers, and its content depends on each child’s age, gender, and financial position of the family.
This movement brings together hundreds of volunteers in Ukraine. Named gifts are delivered to the most remote parts of Ukraine thanks to military workers, volunteers, veterans, police officers, priests, Caritas staff, and even courier delivery services.
This is not an action of humanitarian aid. These are symbolic Christmas gifts, the purpose of which is to show the children we remember that their parents gave the most valuable, their lives, in the struggle for our better future.
SPECIAL EDITION 2022
Now all Ukrainian children are the children of war. According to official data there are currently about 4.5 million children in Ukraine.
These children fall asleep and wake up to the sound of a bomb alarm, lessons are interrupted more often by an alarm ordering them to go to shelters than for a break, they have already forgotten what it means to go out with friends, and in the evenings they read a book by candlelight instead of a fairy tale on TV, because more and more often there is no electricity in Ukraine. These children see things that child should not see...death, violence, rape, disability, pain, fear and despair.
Their eyes are calling for help to the whole world of adults!
If you help us, the army of Super Elves will go with gifts wherever there are children. Starting from the front line, we will move to the western parts of Ukraine, giving each child a symbolic gift from all of us! Like a symbol of hope and faith in the good that always wins.
One of the inherent elements of Christmas Without Dad collection is an online charity auction, for which items are donated by famous artists, writers, athletes and companies.
All proceeds from the auction will be used to purchase gifts for children.
In previous years, the auction attracted many bidders. Among the auctioned items there were, for example, books autographed by the Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk, boxing gloves from the limited edition of the European boxing champion Sasha Sidorenko, reproductions of paintings by a former political prisoner, journalist Roman Sushchenko, and lot of limited collections of books, clothes, handicrafts, etc. .
The auction starts on December 1 and takes place on our Facebook page.
THE RESULTS OF OUR WORK
PLN 856 908.00
the sum of money collected since 2014
the number of handed gifts
This is how we call our partners and volunteers. As a part of the Christmas Without Dad Action, we play the role of the Elves - Santa's helpers, and we pack thousands of gifts.
Among us are the workings of high reaching, low lifting, slow rolling, and fast moving elves from every mountain top to every salty shore and the hottest driest lands from all reaches of our wonderful community. We work completely free, and our only and most important reward is the warmth we receive from our children's smiles.
Our Team is comprised of hundreds of good hearts from all around the world. HOHOHO!
Anyone can become a Super Elf