Status: 28.11.2023, 20:00 PM
By: Elena Royer
Many stars hang on the wishing tree. © Procit
In Geretsried there will again be the wishing tree campaign of ProCit and Caritas this Advent season. The trees, decorated with heart's desires, are located in three different locations.
Geretsried – Parcels wrapped in shiny wrapping paper, shining eyes that reflect the anticipation of unpacking. Unfortunately, that's not how it looks for everyone at Christmas. Especially then it is important to take care of each other and support each other. ProCit offers one way to do this with the wishing tree and the Advent calendar.
Wish tree campaign: Supporting those in need in the city
With the wishing tree, everyone in need in the city can support. The Advent calendar offers the opportunity to save on Geretsried shops through special offers, according to a statement from ProCit. The calendar has been printed for ten years now in a print run of almost 30,000 copies and distributed in the Nordlandkreis. "Of course, there are also non-members who are represented," ProCit chairman Ludwig Schmid is quoted as saying in the press release. In addition, the calendar contains references to cultural events in the city.
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At the same time, ProCit and Caritas are once again organizing a wish tree campaign for needy families in Geretsried. According to the press release, this year for the sixth time. From Monday, 27 November, the trees with the stars will be on display in three ProCit member businesses: the Billion car dealership on Sudetenstraße, Intersport Utzinger on Egerlandstraße and the Schmid-Bäck' bakery headquarters on Schlesische Straße.
Wishes have a value between 20 and 50 euros
This year, the stars, which were printed free of charge by Bürobedarf Schröter, were once again completed with the help of the kindergarten children. It contains the wishes of Geretsried children and adults. Each wish has a value of 20 to 50 euros. "This year, we have broken down some 50 euro amounts into smaller sums, because 50 euros is a lot of money for an individual. In this way, more Geretsried residents can participate with smaller amounts," says Schmid.
Donors choose a star and pay for it on the spot. ProCit procures the gifts from Geretsried dealers and hands them over to Caritas. "The times of crisis have left their mark on many people and have also caused economically difficult situations," says Wolfgang Schweiger, district manager of Caritas. "Everyday purchases at the drugstore, bakery or clothing store can quickly become a problem." He emphasizes another aspect: "Solidarity and being there for each other on an equal footing is particularly important for people who are increasingly being pushed to the margins of society economically, and this is also what the Wishing Tree campaign stands for."
Unbureaucratic and fast help
In order to be able to decorate the wishing trees, the Caritas counsellors and caregivers asked their clients and customers for specific wishes – for example, winter boots for a five-year-old child, a novel for a 60-year-old senior citizen or a board game for a family of five. The wishes are written anonymously on the stars, which were lovingly decorated by the girls and boys of the six Caritas daycare centers in Geretsried.
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"It is important to us that these are personal gifts," says Schweiger. "Donors know that they have fulfilled a heartfelt wish and have helped people here locally in difficult financial situations. Thank you very much for that." Schmid: "With this campaign, the people of Geretsried can support families in need in the city quickly and unbureaucratically."
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