Christmas is a time to think about others

– December 20, 2019 –

In the midst of Christmas preparations, where children are busy writing their wish lists to Father Christmas and parents are frantically trying to organize the right gifts, we often forget to stop and think about the people who are less privileged than we are.

It’s certainly not a given, that all children are able to fulfill their Christmas wishes. Some families, who can barely make ends meet, often don’t have the financial means to give their children what they want.

This year, in cooperation with the sports club, Juventas Crew Alpha e.V., the BIOTECON Diagnostics and AnalytiCon Discovery employees launched a very special Wishing Tree initiative. The club, which is primarily involved in youth sporting activities, has a large number of 7-14-year-olds who come from financially disadvantaged families.

The Christmas tree in our foyer was transformed into a Wishing Tree adorned with all kinds of wishes. The children and young adolescents were able to write down their gift of preference, which were hung as gift tags on our tree. All our employees were then invited to fulfill these individual wishes.

Yesterday, (19.12.19) some of the children and teenagers from the club came together with Steffen Heise, the Director of Juventas Crew Alpha e.V., to collect their gifts. It gave our employees great pleasure to handover the presents in an intimate gathering at our headquarters in Hermannswerder.

Christmas is a time to think about others but it’s also a time of giving. Being able to put a smile on a child’s face is worth so much but in all fairness, it was just as rewarding for the grown-ups as it was for the kids! There are always people in need, whether far away or close by. If we have the means to show generosity, then we should.

A BIG thank you goes out to all our colleagues who unanimously took part in this small, heartwarming event. We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!