Christmas truckers bring joy

Christmas truckers bring joy

Christmas anticipation is on the rise. Only a few days are left until the feast of love. And it is at this time that the human conscience is particularly sensitive to the poverty of others. That's why charity clubs are at their peak at this time. With many of the organizations, however, you have to fear that donations don't even get to where they are supposed to go.
With the christmas trucker campaign of the johanniter, these worries are unfounded. "It is important for us to give the package directly to the children", tells trucker driver and johanniter andreas jutzi. The honorary ones drive now already for many years always to the christmas season into poor countries and hand over there to children packages. Schaeffler is participating in the aid campaign for the eighth time this year. This year there are 202 "care packages" met by staff. "This exceeds with 82 packets even the result of the previous year", explains works council member norbert lamm. A collection point was provided by schaeffler and a truck was used to load the packages directly onto the company premises. Up to 1500 packages fit in one truck. Lamm explains the company's large involvement by saying that the employees there are now very familiar with the volunteer christmas campaign. "Since the packages are delivered directly by the truckers to the needy, the motivation of schaeffler employees to participate is also very high." As the truckers drive voluntarily to the catchment areas of romania, albania and bosnia, an additional 276 euros was collected in fuel donations.
Herzogenaurach secondary school has also been taking part in the christmas trucker campaign for several years now. This year, at least one parcel per class was to be collected from the 28 religious classes at the school. In the end, there were many more: 70 parcels were donated. Even the minibus that was supposed to bring the packages to the collection point was almost too small. The teachers, who organized the campaign in the secondary school, also set up a donation box in the teacher's room, so that small packages with missing contents could be completed. But also additional donations were collected.
The johannitern have a fixed list of what has to go into the parcels. This ensures that no recipient is disadvantaged and that there are items for the children as well as food for the whole family. Each package contains, for example, one kilogram of rice and noodles, toothpaste, shower gel and gifts for children, such as pads and crayons. According to christmas trucker andreas jutzi, the contents of these packages will help a family of four through three to four weeks of winter. The trucks leave landshut on the second christmas holiday. "Beforehand, lists of helpers are drawn up in the countries to identify the poorest children in the villages. A copy of the list will be brought back to germany to ensure that there is no cheating. This way we know in advance how many children will receive packages", jutzi explains the rest of the process. In herzogenaurach and the surrounding area, there were a total of five schools, kindergartens and private collection points that participated this year. Further packs can still be delivered up to and including 24. December to be handed in at the collection points. 

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