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The Christmas wish tree is made up of the dreams and wishes of children in shelters and substitute homes, sent to Santa Clause. To make sure that these do not just remain dreams, pick a gift from the Christmas tree and make a donation to the best of your ability.


Christmas wish tree: The Christmas wishes of young people are associated with their coming entry into life

There are a significant number of young people living in family homes that will soon be ‘flying away’ and beginning an independent life. Many of them are already living apart from their families because of their studies, and are trying to get by on their own. As we all know, living away from home requires the ability to budget, along with an untold number of useful everyday items. Santa can be of great help here.

Rimant and Diana (both are 19 years old) want their own personal frying pan from Santa. ‘Living in a youth home is preparing me for an independent life, and if I want to be successful I will have to learn how to prepare my own meals. My favourite food is pancakes and I would like to prepare them for myself in my very own pan’, wrote the young man to Santa. In her letter, Diana explained that the prospect of living on her own is exciting but also a bit alarming at the same time. ‘Independent life is new and exciting. But if I don’t know how to cook, then it will be very difficult to succeed. I would like to learn to prepare food and to do so I need a pan, in which to prepare various dishes’, she wrote.

Good students

Twenty-two-year old Mai, from Pärnu, is a very diligent learner. Even when she was little, she had an interest in handicrafts and beautiful clothing. Mai’s studies and, in all likelihood, her future is tied to these fields. She just completed vocational school, having studied to become a tailor, and has gone on to study clothing and textile related resource management at an institution of higher education. Mai has participated in several fairs with her work. She has a very practical wish for Santa: winter nights can sometimes be chilly in dormitories and Mai would be thrilled with a warm plaid blanket and pillow. She could then curl up in a ball in the corner of her bed after a long hard day of school.

Everyone in the family home is proud of twenty-three-year-old Anna-Liisa, from Harju County. Anna-Liisa is a third-year student, studying social work, and will be graduating from university this spring. In addition, she goes dancing and actively participates in the work of the Estonian Association of Substitute Homes. Anna-Liisa’s Christmas wish is a gift card to Tallinna Kaubamaja, with which she can purchase a few make-up related items.

Mia is 20 years old and studying history at the University of Tartu. Her studies are currently the focus of her life and she would like to enjoy a greater sense of inclusion with her classmates by wearing a sweater emblazoned with the University’s logo. This is what she is waiting for from Santa.

A profession for life from a vocational school

Birgit and Gert, who are both 20 years old, have decided to dedicate their lives to food preparation. This exciting world interests them greatly, since food preparation offers an endless opportunity to experiment. Birgit is already a graduate of the Tartu Vocational Education Centre, having specialised in cooking, and since the world of food seems to get more and more exciting when learning, she is continuing with her studies in the same school – she has now taken on the task of learning to be a pastry chef. ‘I really enjoy baking. I would like a book on chocolate from Santa. I have browsed the book, and there are many recipes that I would definitely like to try’, she wrote.

Gert has a number of different hobbies – he is enchanted by music, he plays the guitar, and he has his own band. The young man can frequently be found in the kitchen. He enjoys cooking and testing out new dishes. His prepared dishes are quite tasty, and if Gert is cooking then the other children are excited to see the tasty dish that he has created this time!

This autumn, Gert will begin studying to be a chef’s assistant. He has already understood that a good pair of shoes are essential for cooking, since work mostly takes place while standing. ‘It is important that shoes are not slippery and remain comfortably on the feet, with a strap behind the heel’, explained Gert. ‘The best thing would be if I could get a special pair of chef’s safety shoes’.

The best Christmas gift is one that brings joy and helps one to develop, providing a spark in the drive for discovery, challenging one’s knowledge, or teaching a new skill. The best gift we can give a child is if we take into consideration their wishes and understand the actual needs behind these wishes.

Sharing gifts on Christmas Eve is the highlight of the year for many children, but life goes on for 12 months of the year and dreams don’t end with Christmas. Why not give a gift to these children each month by becoming a permanent supporter of their hobbies? The support of a permanent donor is invaluable because children growing up in family homes want to take part in training and be engaged in hobbies all year round, just like the children who are growing up with their parents. As a permanent donor, you can give them a feeling of certainty, that they will be able to take part in their favourite activities now and in the future!

Contribute EUR 3 and you will give children the gift of the experience of success, new experiences or support young people in acquiring an education, which is of critical importance when starting an independent life. Provide your own small contribution to the children living in substitute homes so that they will have the same supportive and nurturing environment as the children being raised in your own family. Read more: http://www.heategevusfond.ee/joulupuu/pysiannetus


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