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Christmas wish tree: Closeness through stuffed animals and pets

The life experience of many people has shown that pets are the most loyal and faithful of companions. They never say anything bad and accept all the love without fighting back. Therefore, many children want a pet, even if it is just in the form of a stuffed animal.

11-year-old Aleksandra from Tallinn has been doing athletics for three years. Right now, she is training three times a week and she has already participated in her first inner-club competition. Aleksandra also likes DIY and handicrafts, but her eyes light up when she sees animals. When she grows up, she wants to be a sales assistant at a pet store. Her wish is to get an interactive cat from Santa. Of course she would like a real cat or dog, but since one of the children in her family is allergic, this dream has to be put on hold.

10-year-old Maarja, who has been in the substitute home for almost six months, wishes to have a robot cat. She has not had many toys before and she just recently got a stuffed animal dog, which helps to create the feeling of security and adapt to the new home. She actually has a big and living animal in her life – she started horseback riding this autumn.

17-year-old Kelli from Tartu is lucky, because her friends gifted her a kitten for her birthday this autumn. She is the oldest child in her family and she is already studying at a vocational school to become a concrete finisher. She is happy to spend her free time on her friends and taking care of her kitten. Kelli’s wish is to get a transportation bag for her cat from Santa to take care of her animal in the best way possible and take her to the vet safely.

Healthier through games

3-year-old Liisa from Jõgevamaa has been hit by a serious pony obsession. She is fine even using chess knights for playing, which she also calls ponies. She is always playing house and shop with the ponies and includes adults. Liisa talks about her ponies, puts together a family from them and guides adults to either be a mother, aunt or a friend. The child lets others know what she needs at that moment and there are never enough ponies in these types of games. For this reason, Liisa wishes to receive a small glow-in-the-dark pony for Christmas.

Liisa is a living example of how children deal with topics important to them through role play. Different books and stories also impact them, which children can sometimes listen to again and again. In that time, their inner world is dealing with topics which words cannot describe yet. A game with a recurring scenario lasts for just as long as the inner world has made peace with it.

12-year-old Reet from Elva still loves playing with dolls, for this exact reason. Lately, her need to nurture has increased and she has started taking care of little children more often. Reet has beautiful long hair and doing different hair styles and braids is exciting for her. She wishes to receive a styling head and accessories included in it to improve her games. She wants to start practising, so later she can make braids for her and her friends. Outside her home, Reet is an active girl and she also has a big friend in her life – she started horseback riding and ski jumping this autumn.

We can only give a child the best gift if we appreciate his/her wishes and understand the actual needs behind them. A Christmas gift that brings joy and helps in developing oneself is the best – it sparks the drive for discovery, challenges one’s knowledge, or teaches a new skill. We can only give a child the best gift if we appreciate his/her wishes and understand the actual needs behind them.

Receiving gifts on Christmas Eve was the highlight of the year for many children, but life goes on 12 months a year and dreams don’t end with Christmas. Why not give a gift to these children every month and support their hobbies as a permanent donor? The support of a permanent donor is invaluable because children growing up in family and foster homes want to practice activities and have hobbies all year round, just like children growing up with their parents. As a permanent donor, you can give them certainty that they will be able to practice their favourite activities now and always.

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