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Oct 8, 2019

Food shared just seems to taste better than food eaten alone.

The Blue Cross in Finland is currently concentrating strongly on food and food aid in line with the global trend. The aim is not only to prevent food waste, but especially to provide food to the poor by distributing meals and to provide a place of encounter and community for elderly people.

Eating alone in later age is a big topic. The isolation when loved ones die around and the social environment shrinks, causes many eating habits among older people that are not healthy. Many people feel that it is not worth cooking for themselves, so the variety of food is limited. Other people, one may willingly say older men, often cannot cook because they have been blessed by their wives all their lives. Yet others are no longer fit enough to stand in the kitchen or carry shopping bags.

This very often leads to emotional discomfort. "Happiness goes through the stomach". If the food is suddenly a burden, tastes flavorless or reinforces the solitude, it leads to health and mental damage for many people.

The Finish Blue Ribbon allows older people to eat together regularly. The benefits and enjoyment of the lunch tables are underlined by the following statements:

The diversity of food aid work is a relief in everyday life, it reaches many different people for many different needs. 

Peter, an annual member of the Church who eats at church three times a week, says he can't even cook: “I would eat cold food if these places didn't exist.” Two other days a week, Peter goes to Vuosaari for dinner and the other in Vartiokylä. Nina, a resident of Vallila, says she regularly attends a meal held by 4-5 parishes around Helsinki: “I must visit here when there is such a small pension. I'll go somewhere. The crowd is fun to eat.” Peter, sitting at Nina's table, says that cooking at home doesn't make sense: "What would you even cook for yourself."

The most important theme throughout the day is that a person should be allowed to be involved in the society in which you live. Modern food aid work brings a lot more than food.

With your support, you help to ensure that old people not only get a warm meal, but also enjoy their daily lives through the community. The social contacts throughout the meal become friendships! Thank you for your donation!

Oct 3, 2019

Opening of a Child's Blue House in Zealand in 2020

The following note was posted on the 1st October on the Facebook website of Blå Kors Danmark:

When do you open a Child's Blue House in Zealand*?, we are sometimes asked. In 2020 !!! 
We can now unveil that we have been allocated money to open a new Child's Blue House, which will be in Slagelse. 
It is a news that we are reallyexcited to share because we know there is a need for help for children and adolescents from families with alcohol and drug abuse in several parts of the country. 
The house will be a free offer for children aged 0-13 who have or have been abused in life. It will be the sixth Child's Blue House in the series - today weare present in Aalborg, Frederikshavn, Aars, Svendborg and Rønne on Bornholm.
We are aiming to open the doors to the Child's Blue House in Slagelse as soon as possible in the new year. 

We congratulate the Blue Cross Denmark on this planned step next year and appreciate the work they are doing for the children.

With your donation, the home in Zealand can be built up and the children can enjoy a " well-being oasis ".

There are 2 children in each class in Denmark who come from a home where there is alcohol addiction and abuse. The aim of the Blue Cross's work in Denmark is creating a place where children and young people can meet and discuss with peers and take the necessary help to overcome the pain and the psychological problems that growing in abusive families causes in their life. 

 * Zealand is a large island that’s part of Denmark. It’s home to the capital, Copenhagen, and the city of Roskilde. 

Map of all Child's Blue Houses
Map of all Child's Blue Houses
Oct 3, 2019

September Activities that delight Children's Heart

169th parade in the city of Blumenau, Brazil
169th parade in the city of Blumenau, Brazil

At the Blue Cross Brazil numerous very exciting activities took place in September among the Kids support groups.

We would like to share some of them with you:  

  • On 2 September 2019, the 169th parade took place celebrating the foundation of the city of Blumenau. The Blue Cross participated and walked through the city with banners. The children and adults had a lot of fun. (Photo 1)
  • In the week from 9th to 15th September the topic "Emotions" was discussed in the kids support groups. The children watched a film together and then talked about their feelings. This serves as an exercise for children to learn to perceive and share their emotions. (Photo 2)
  • The children took part in a theme day at the end of September. The children were made aware of the danger of cigarettes in a playful way. A "mysterious" box served as entertainment. (Photo 3)

Thank you very much for your support in making such activities possible for children in Brazil! 

Project "Kids and Emotions"
Project "Kids and Emotions"
Kids day with the topic "Danger of Cigarettes"
Kids day with the topic "Danger of Cigarettes"
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