Dec 19, 2019

Christmas Camps for for Safe and Happy Christmas

Blue Cross Denmark is organising three Christmas Camps for 80-90 children and young people to give disadvantaged children a safe and happy Christmas experience. This is possible with committed volunteer adults who are looking forward to giving them the best Christmas experiences!

This year the three camps will be on Christmas days from 27-30. December. The camps are for children and adolescents aged 7-20, some of whom come from families with alcohol and drug problems, poverty, loneliness or mental illness and therefore need a respite.

At the camp in Ans, it is camp manager Sarah Thun Madsen and her co-camp manager Helle Christensen, will make sure to create the setting for some pleasant days. Together with a team of 16 other volunteers, they have spent time preparing for this year's Christmas camp for children.

"The most important thing is that the children have fun and that everyone feels loved and seen. We really want to tell the children that they have value. For some of them it may not be natural for them to have an opportunity to rest and relax. That's why we do what we can to provide them with a safe environment so they can come home with some good experiences, "said Camp Manager Sarah Thun Madsen.

This is what your support makes possible and we thank you for your continued support and wish you and your loved ones also a Safe and Happy Christmas!


Dec 19, 2019

Old Before their time

At Christmas time we look back and reflect on the people who are so dear to us. People with alcohol and drug problems age before their time due to the damage that is caused to their body by substances.

Grieving the loss of health or a life lost due to substance use is often a hidden sorrow. Finnish Blue Ribbon is now publishing a handbook to help people and equip people to process their grief.

The new handbook is called: "Shared grief is easier to carry" ( Jaettu suru – kevyempi kantaa) it looks in a sensitive way to the substance abuse related losses and guides with practical examples in different stages of grief. It also gives tools for setting up a self help group for people with similar experiences. The book will be lanunched in January 2020.


At this Christmas time we hope that nobody is left alone and we are thankful for your support that makes this work possible and look forward to continuing  together with you in the new year 2020.


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!

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