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Generosity is a question of humanity

05 December 2019

The Luxembourg Red Cross calls on the Luxembourg population not to forget the most vulnerable. The end of the year is always a special time: we offer and we receive a lot of gifts, conviviality and friendship. What if we also help the most vulnerable?

Appeals are particularly numerous in December: the streets are beautifully lit, the mulled wine flows freely and the shops are crowded. From St-Nicolas to New Year’s Eve, families and friends meet and share cosy moments. That’s why it is the ideal time to recall and highlight essential humanist values. December 3rd is Giving Tuesday and December 5th is International Volunteer Day, the right time to to stress the importance of solidarity and commitment helping others.

Do not forget those left out.

A large part of the Luxembourgish population lives with reduced financial means. Many households devote almost exclusively their resources to constrained expenses: housing, food and clothing. The Red Cross supports them throughout the year through various initiatives, many of which are only made possible thanks to the generosity of its donors. To raise awareness, the Red Cross has published a catalog of donations, aiming both: raised awareness of the concrete needs of vulnerable people and information about the actions taken every day in Luxembourg and abroad.

This catalog, which will be distributed in the coming days in all mailboxes across the country, will present some twenty examples of products financed by donations for the benefit of vulnerables and gives everyone the possibility of making a donation to support them. For example, with 39 euros, it is possible to provide a child-mother with a care kit for her baby (diaper, wipes, creams, etc.). With 99 euros, 24 children from families in need can receive a bag of treats for St-Nicholas.

It’s not just money. There is time, too.

If money is useful and necessary to help the most vulnerable, it is also possible to help otherwise. Volunteering is an important component in the various structures the Red Cross deploys in the field. Without them, the Wanteraktioun, which has just started, would not allow the Red Cross to welcome the homeless as well into its day center. Without them, the Iris service could not offer a regular presence to lonely people either. Without blood donors – another form of volunteering – it would not be possible to properly care for some of the sick and injured.

The Luxembourg Red Cross takes this opportunity to thank those who support those in need, and thank them for their regularly renewed commitment.