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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: Joy from cycling and beautiful sounds

The world of Carolina (18), who is living in a family home in Pärnu County, may be narrow, as the girl is in a wheelchair due to her disability and communicates with the world only with sounds; but music goes straight to her soul — Carolina’s face lights up when she hears the sounds. And what joy the girl feels, when she can make the sounds herself!

This is why Carolina’s Christmas wish is a musical toy, where she can press buttons and make sounds. Carolina used to have an instrument like this, but it is already old and does not work any more. Carolina does not move or talk and needs constant assistance. She likes a calm routine and doing things at a slow pace. And, of course, music!

Margus, the helpful handyman

Everybody at the family home knows that Margus (17) is an extraordinary young man who always wants to help people around him. When there is a worker in the yard of the family home, Margus always finds his way to him, hoping that he has a job for him, too. The friendship is mutual and the worker leaves some of the tasks to Margus. Mowing the lawn, for example, is one of the favourite activities of Margus, that they do together. Margus also likes to help when the wheelchair-bound children are taken out for a walk.

Margus cannot read or write, and is in a special programme at school due to his disability, but he is a great and sincere companion with a good sense of humour. At cycling he is the best — on the hikes taken together, he is tireless and nobody has ever heard him complain about the weather, bad road conditions or long distance.

There is a tradition at the family home that once a year, a longer cycling trip is organised on a hiking trail of RMK. These are overnight events that have become one of the highlights of the children’s year. Nobody has ever heard Margus complain about anything during these trips: even when they need to climb hills that take quite a bit of effort, Margus just smiles and goes up the hill with his fixed-gear bike. 

While Margus has a simple fixed-gear city bike, it does not matter, as there is no way it is going to stop him from cycling. Instead, Margus is worried about not having a bicycle lock. It makes him a bit anxious, as during the family trips, someone always has to keep an eye on his bike, while it would be more convenient to just lock it. This is why Margus hopes that Santa will bring him a bicycle lock. 

The joy of a gift is greatest if the dreamt wish is fulfilled. In their letters, the children have given thought as to why this particular thing is so important to them. Be it headphones that allow one to be on one’s own from time to time, or a Blue-tooth speaker that allows one to share the newest music with others; a kick scooter which makes the trip to school shorter, or an alarm clock which helps the resident of boarding school to make it to the bus on time; soft building blocks for experimenting with the basic knowledge of building, or a mini kitchen that allows the doll family to be fed – each wish has its own story and each wish is special. 

Browse the page of Christmas wishes and help Santa to fulfil the children’s special wishes: www.heategevusfond.ee/joulupuu

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