Romanian Archdiocese of Roman aims to provide Christmas gifts to at least 500 children

Roman, Romania, November 13, 2020

Photo: Photo: The Archdiocese of Roman and Bacău of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese is looking to bring some Christmas joy to hundreds of struggling children this year.

The project, “Do You Want to be Good for Christmas?” was launched on Monday, with the aim of providing gifts for at least 500 children in the period leading up to the feast of the Nativity of Christ, reports the Archdiocesan website.

Children at risk of dropping out of school and of social marginalization, especially in rural areas, will be selected based on a number of criteria developed by the Archdiocese. The social discrepancy between children is acutely felt after Christmas, the Archdiocese writes, when children return to school and discuss what they received for Christmas. Children from poorer families who perhaps received nothing can feel ashamed and frustrated, and develop unhealthy feelings of resentment.

After the children are identified, they will be asked to draw a picture of what they want for Christmas. The gifts will ultimately come from other children and their families. The program will also compile an online photo album of the children posing with their pictures.

An online Christmas carols concert will also be organized on December 22.

The program is carried out with the help of diocesan organizations and parishes and deaneries of the Archdiocese, as well as individuals and business who want to spread the joy of the Nativity.

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