Admittedly, it looks very different this year than in previous years.
But the purpose of the "Christmas wish tree", which the women of the "Inner Wheel Club Pfaffenwinkel" set up on Friday in the VR Bank branch at the Penzberg main intersection, remains the same: to fulfill the heartfelt wishes of children and senior citizens in need.
- As branch manager Florian Pildner said, there was no space for a real tree this year due to ongoing renovation work in the bank branch.
In addition, due to the hygiene requirements in the wake of the corona pandemic, it was not possible to hang the wishes wrapped in Christmas tree balls on the tree, where they were then picked by the bank customers.
This year, the “Christmas wish tree” is a tree cut out of green cardboard and attached to a board.
There are no bullets hanging from it.
Instead, the 150 wishes that members of “Inner Wheel” collected from various Penzberg institutions were written on pieces of paper and attached with clips.
"After picking a wish, you put your donation with the name of the person you want in a ready-made envelope and throw it into a donation box," says Petra Prokop, Vice President of "Inner Wheel", explaining this year's charity campaign.
Every wish - mostly toys, books or clothing - have a value of around 25 euros.
“But of course you are welcome to donate more,” emphasizes Prokop.
Unlike in previous years, when the donors bought the wishes themselves in the shops and then handed them in at the bank branch - often garnished with an additional candy - where they were packaged and then distributed by members of "Inner Wheel", the donors give So this year only your donation.
“Inner Wheel” will take care of the rest of the logistics, says Prokop.
All 150 wishes should be fulfilled in time for the festival.
“No wish remains unfulfilled,” promises Prokop.
And bank branch manager Florian Pildner promises that his bank will step in if not all wishes are picked from the tree and fulfilled.
Eleven years ago, the women of the “Inner Wheel Club Pfaffenwinkel” set up a “Christmas wish tree” for the first time.
Since then, more than 1,100 dearest wishes from needy children and seniors have been fulfilled.
Supporting children and senior citizens in need is a central concern of the "Inner Wheel Club Pfaffenwinkel".
This year, in the year of the corona pandemic, this support is particularly important, according to the members.
Because in addition to the often difficult financial circumstances in the families, this year there would be further worries, contact restrictions and loneliness.
Children and the elderly are often the ones who suffer.
The wishes can now be picked from the “Christmas wish tree” during the bank's opening hours.
Mayor Stefan Korpan is the patron of the campaign.
The wishes on the tree are regularly replenished.
On Friday, December 11th, the promotion ends at the bank's close of business.