Christmas for the Homeless, 2013

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Christmas for the Homeless (and less fortunate) 2012

 

 

 

Hi, everyone...

 

 

 

I like to try and spend Christmas in a meaningful way. Back home in New York I used to help the poor and the homeless around Christmas. So I was looking for a place here in Frankfurt, where I could carry on with that wonderful Christmas tradition. With some help, I found Gerald Hinze, Curator of the Diakoniezentrum. Weser 5 provides not only food, but also friendliness and hope for the poor and the homeless on Christmas Eve and throughout the year.

 

 

 

Unfortunately, Gerald Hintze was hit by an auto while riding his bicycle in the spring of 2011. He was severely injured, and cannot continue his work. Last year I partnered with a different director of the Diakonie Frankfurt so as to continue his good works.

 

 

 

For those of you who would be able to post at your own firms, the homeless who depend on the Diakonie desperately need:

 

 

 

Good-condition winter gear...

 

this means coats, hats, scarves, gloves. Practical, winter shoes or boots. Also needed, but not in the same quantity, are normal everyday clothing. These items I would like to collect no later than December 8 so they can be distributed at some other time prior to Christmas. We would also love to have cheap, clean blankets and pillows (no pricey down comforters, because people tend to argue over them).

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Items will be distributed directly by us directly in Frankfurt – and used by your less fortunate neighbors.

 

 

 

We will also make a dinner for the Homeless as well, usually including a warm place to sleep, light volunteer entertainment, and breakfast in the morning. Additional donations sought are Christmas cakes/cookies, Domino Steine, and other goods that will still be fresh on December 25. Paper goods like napkins and cups (there is usually a caterer bringing plates), candles, tea, and coffee are all very welcome. A few simple games like Chess, Backgammon and maybe a few decks of cards. These items will not be used until 24 December, so these I would like to collect between December 10 and 20. I can also accept fresh fruit and other perishables, but these must be donated close to Christmas Day.

 

 

 

I will be personally working at the shelter for a 24 hour period beginning December 24 and ending about noon on Christmas Day. I need help giving out food in the evening, providing a warm, friendly environment for the overnight, and giving out breakfast in the morning. I could use between 20 and 30 people to help. If you are available to take part, please contact me as soon as possible.

 

 

 

More about the Diakonie (and Weser 5):

 

http://www.diakonisc...zlos_weser5.php

 

 

Thanks to everyone who helped out last year!

 

 

 

Victor Starr ( <a href="mailto:victor.starr@gmail.com">victor.starr@gmail.com )

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Admirable venture, fluglotse1!

 

I could maybe fill 2 - 4 large polysacks with usable clothes, etc., however atm I don't have transport (although maybe, just maybe, I could arrange something via friends).

So my question is would it be possible, or worth your time, to collect these things from just off the A63 5km south of the A60 Mainz Sudkreuz?

If so should I PM or email you when the stuffs's ready?

 

It's good that you gave plenty of notice as, tbh, I expect it'll take me most of November to sort this stuff out. :ph34r:

 

2B

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Hi fluglotse1,

 

I'm "IN"...just lemme know where to drop by the clothes etc. latest by Dec. 8 and I'd be happy to be a part of this :-)

Additionally would also like to help otherwise (distributing food on the 24th etc. or pooling in for a scrumptious Dinner for these people).

 

Kudos/(Hats-off) to your great work and thought!!

 

Nidz

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Hi, Everyone...

 

If you have nowhere to go on the holiday and want to do something in the true spirit of Christmas, I have a great idea for you. Something un-commercial and truly in the sense of giving. I am involved with helping the homeless community Frankfurt. There are about 2500 homeless people in our community. I have been doing this sort of work since several years before I moved to Germany.

 

From September until late winter I collect warm, useful, adult winter clothing. By useful I mean especially coats, jackets, scarves, boots. Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags are also welcome. On Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, we have an event for these folks…a nice dinner, some light entertainment, and a warm place to sleep and get out of the cold. If the people prefer to chat or play chess instead of sleeping, we are there for them. A friendly conversation is very important to these people, many of whom are more accustomed to people avoiding them. In the morning we serve breakfast and the church is closed about 11.

 

This is all accomplished with donations of both items…and time. Last year I had 35 people helping out, many of whom are from ex-pat groups like this and had no family to spend Christmas with anyway. I can promise a rewarding experience.

 

Want to join in? Here's how.

 

You can work with me on Christmas...I need a few people still...and if you play the guitar or can somehow entertain, We could use a little more entertainment.

 

Not sticking around for Christmas? You can collect clothes where you work, and, when you have a load large enough to fill a car, I will come and pick it up.

 

Thanks for your attention and send me a message if you want to join in.

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To any of those still wishing to help out...

 

I am making the work schedule...I have sent out a list asking where and when you can help.

 

If you have not yet spoken with me, or had e-mail contact regarding working times please let me know as soon as possible.

 

Thanks, all!

 

Victor

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Hi Victor, i´m not an english-speaking, but i really would like to help in Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, in what you need: maybe serving dinner or breakfast.

Where do this event take place?

 

 

Hi, Everyone...

 

If you have nowhere to go on the holiday and want to do something in the true spirit of Christmas, I have a great idea for you. Something un-commercial and truly in the sense of giving. I am involved with helping the homeless community Frankfurt. There are about 2500 homeless people in our community. I have been doing this sort of work since several years before I moved to Germany.

 

From September until late winter I collect warm, useful, adult winter clothing. By useful I mean especially coats, jackets, scarves, boots. Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags are also welcome. On Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, we have an event for these folks…a nice dinner, some light entertainment, and a warm place to sleep and get out of the cold. If the people prefer to chat or play chess instead of sleeping, we are there for them. A friendly conversation is very important to these people, many of whom are more accustomed to people avoiding them. In the morning we serve breakfast and the church is closed about 11.

 

This is all accomplished with donations of both items…and time. Last year I had 35 people helping out, many of whom are from ex-pat groups like this and had no family to spend Christmas with anyway. I can promise a rewarding experience.

 

Want to join in? Here's how.

 

You can work with me on Christmas...I need a few people still...and if you play the guitar or can somehow entertain, We could use a little more entertainment.

 

Not sticking around for Christmas? You can collect clothes where you work, and, when you have a load large enough to fill a car, I will come and pick it up.

 

Thanks for your attention and send me a message if you want to join in.

 

 

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Hi Victor, i´m not an english-speaking, but i really would like to help in Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, in what you need: maybe serving dinner or breakfast.

Where do this event take place?

 

Hi, Helga...

 

English speaking is not a requirement. Do you speak German or a third language? In any case, I need people from 8 pm on Christmas Eve until 11:00 am on the 25th. Within this timeframe, I can use your help for whatever hours you can donate.

 

Please send me a note at victor.starr@gmail.com with your wishes...

 

Thanks!

 

Victor

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This was an outstanding event. The amount of work involved to pull it all together must have been extensive. The church was packed and all that came to eat seemed to enjoy it. They were all in a festive mood too.

 

Thanks to Victor for this huge contribution of time and effort.

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You're on the list, Jo and thanks. I am on vacation until next weekend and the Kurator from the Diakonie is on vacation for two weeks. Then everything starts.

 

Victor

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