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How do volunteers feel about the time they’ve spent with shelter children?

For the fourth year in row, volunteers from the SEB Heategevusfond /Charity Fund/ visited shelters around Estonia to bake gingerbread with the kids living in them. This tour, called the ‘Gingerbread Race’, was part of a charity campaign launched in December.

I interviewed the volunteers and asked them how they felt about the time they’d spent with the children and the highlights of their visits.

Eve Männik: “I really liked baking with the kids at the Haiba shelter. It was such a positive experience. I was all prepared for a gloomy atmosphere, but it turned out to be quite the opposite – our new little friends were so sweet. My favourite was a little boy who ate all the caramel candies from the baking sheet which were meant to be window panes for a gingerbread house! As soon as I turned my back another one would be gone – he really loved munching on them!”

Hedi Obet: “At the infants’ shelter I was moved by the sweetness of the little kids being so completely immersed in the crafts. I needed to give special permission to little Hendrik to eat a gingerbread man. But he did so only after I’d eaten one – then he was sure that it was OK and that the cookies were tasty. He’d probably never even seen gingerbread in his life – he just didn’t know they were for eating! But after having tasted one, the next few soon disappeared!”

Ringa Lek: “When a Charity Fund event’s coming up I always ask my 6-year-old son Robin if he wants to come with me, and his answer’s always a big ‘yes’! I don’t know exactly what it is that he likes about the events, but one thing’s for sure: he understands that the kids there are deprived of a lot of things he enjoys without a second thought. He’s always so happy to see them enjoying the activities, which break up their everyday routines. Afterwards he always tells me his impressions. The last time, on our way home from Tartu, he was telling me how he helped everyone and that he knows how to do a few things pretty well now, and how he enjoyed the title of ‘transport department manager’, carrying hundreds of gingerbread cookies from the room where we prepared them to the oven in the kitchen.”

Monika Vallimäe: “Time just flew by, and then in the middle of the party I was surprised to be given a card and a gingerbread man from two kids who’d made them themselves. It was such a great feeling!”

A big thank you to all of the volunteers who participated in the Gingerbread Race! Everyone wins when friends lend each other a helping hand! :)

Triin Lumi

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