The Christmas Spirit Campaign helps families in a difficult situation

Mari Mäkinen
Image: Mari Mäkinen

The Christmas Spirit Campaign collects money for less fortunate Finnish families with children.

The Christmas Spirit Campaign collects money for the less fortunate Finnish families with children. The money collected will be used to give 70-euro food vouchers to 20 000 poor families at Christmas time. The campaign is organized by the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) and the Finnish Red Cross, together with YLE Morning TV, YLE Radio Finland and YLE Radio Vega.

Gift cards are for families in a difficult situation such as unemployment, illness, over-indebtedness, low-income or a crisis situation. Red Cross and the MLL are searching these families in collaboration with local health clinics, social welfare and the church. Gift certificates cannot be retrieved.

This Christmas the Finnish Red Cross and the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare collect funds for a good Christmas spirit for the seventeenth time.

The collection started in 1997. Mr Arto Nyberg from the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE was the initiator.

- One autumn day I sat at home alone and I wondered how privileged I am. Then became a sensitive moment, and I realized that all the things are not so well. I began to develop the idea of the Christmas calendar for the morning TV.

Since the aim was to help low-income families with children the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare and Red Cross were natural partners. During the 2000's The Christmas Spirit Campaign’s results have slowly increased year by year. Last year the total amount of donations was more than 1 171 678 euro, which was a new record. Over the years,the campaign has supported more than 100 000 families.

The campaign organizers are responsible for all collection costs, so the donations are used to gift cards in their full value.

You can help by sending the message HJM to 16499 (10 € per message).

 

 

viesti HJM numeroon 16499 (10 €)
You can help by sending the message SPR to 16499 (15 € per message). - See more at: http://www.redcross.fi/?__utma=192330923.759496968.1386151726.1386923251...|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=-&__utmk=247702727#sthash.W3uNO4Nb.dpuf

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  • Lahjoita haluamasi summa Hyvä Joulumieli -tilille Nordea 159630-202020, IBAN FI17 1596 3000 2020 20.
  • Tekstiviestilahjoitus = viesti HJM numeroon 16499 (10 €)
  • Puhelinlahjoitus = soitto numeroon 0600 16555 (10,01 e + pvm)

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