American short-story writer Washington Irving once said that 'Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.’.
MERCI club, ‘with the genial flame of charity in the heart’, wants to invite everyone to join the ‘Toy Drive’ for orphans in the Children’s home in Nazarova.
Take a moment to think about the first time you wrote to Santa Claus. Remember how much time and effort you put into decorating that piece of paper with glitters and colors. Remember the thrill you felt when you imagined Santa Claus reading your letter somewhere in Lapland and how happy you were when you found the desired present under the Christmas tree in your home. There are 33 children in the orphanage who wrote their first letters to Santa Claus and this year each of you has a chance to be Santa Clause. You do not need a red suit or a herd of reindeer. What you need is a little goodwill and compassion.
Starting on December 7th, the MERCI club will be collecting donations for children from Children’s home in Nazarova. The toy drive will be on until December 14th. We created a spreadsheet with the list of children and their wishes. We invite everyone, students, parents, and school faculty to sign up for the child that they would like to buy the present for.
In the spreadsheet, you will find the name and age of the child, the child’s wish that was written in the letter, the approximate price of the toy, and options of stores where you could find that gift. There are also two empty columns for the name and email of the donor. This is where you can put your name.
There are 33 children in total and some of the gifts that they’ve picked are more expensive than others, so it is recommended that some of you join forces and buy certain toys together.
There will be a box outside the school where you will be able to leave the toys. Please, make sure that the names of all donors are on the toy packaging before you place the toy in the box.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can only donate new toys, please keep that in mind as well. On the 16th of December, members of the MERCI club will wrap those toys and deliver them to the orphanage.
Important: We kindly ask you to sign up as donors in this spreadsheet by Monday, December 7th. Remember that the toys must be new. We hope that we will be able to make every child, that has written a letter to Santa Clause, happy.
Huge thank you from the MERCI club and the Children’s home in Nazorova for making the wishes of these children come true!