Dornbirn, Austria – The Christmas trees decorated with lovingly designed cards, on which the children from the Vorarlberg Children’s Village have written their wishes, have become a pre-Christmas tradition at the Zumtobel Group by now. For the fifth consecutive year, numerous employees participated in the initiative in support of the Vorarlberg Children’s Village and donated Christmas presents. This voluntary initiative was organised and carried out by employees of the Zumtobel Group.
Christmas trees put up specifically for this purpose at all Zumtobel Group locations in Dornbirn were decorated with the children’s wish lists at the beginning of the Advent season. The employees could take off a card with a child’s wish and had time until shortly before Christmas to make a wish come true. The children’s fond wishes ranged from diving goggles, an MP3 player, a colouring book with pencils to cinema vouchers and a toy police car. The lovingly wrapped gifts were then put underneath the Christmas tree by the employees.
“This has become a tradition for us that everyone is fond of and looks forward to. The 118 cards, which the children always design so beautifully and which are then put on our Christmas trees, were taken in no time. We launched this initiative five years ago and every single year I find it amazing to see how much joy it gives our colleagues to participate and how enthusiastic they are about making a Christmas wish come true for the children and young people,” says Lisa Geser from the team initiating the donation campaign.
All the parcels have already been handed over to the caregiver team of the Vorarlberg Children’s Village to ensure the gifts will be under the Christmas tree in time for Christmas Eve.
“This year, the children already asked the secretary in November if Santa would collect the cards with their wishes again. We are touched to see how the children help each other with writing and drawing and have ideas for decorations. We would like to thank the numerous “Santas” of Zumtobel Group for the light they give this way, and for all the caring thoughts and gestures hidden in the Christmas present boxes,” say Verena Dörler and Sylvia Steinhauser of the Vorarlberg Children’s Village in Bregenz.
The first gifts for the children are already underneath the Zumtobel Christmas tree.
The gifts are handed over to Sylvia Steinhauser (third from the left) and Verena Dörler (fourth from the left) from the Vorarlberg Children's Village and Gerhard Heinritz (second from the right) from Paedakoop Feldkirch.