24 Good Deeds for Social Institutions in Our Employees’ Communities
A Good Deed Behind Every Door
With the Christmas season approaching, KNF has decided to help those less fortunate with an advent calendar full of heartfelt good deeds. Instead of Christmas presents, we are donating to social projects and campaigns. Have a peek at the charitable deeds behind the doors!
December 1. The wait is over: It’s time to open the first door on our #HeartfeltGoodDeeds advent calendar. Once again, we want to give something back to our local community and thank many wonderful organizations for their vital work.
Living independently in your own home: That’s how most of us envisage the last few years of our lives. Organizations such as the day care center for the elderly Prälat-Stiefvater-Haus make that possible. We’ve donated a Christmas tree to adorn the facility this advent season, Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 1.
The volunteers of Katzen-Not-Hilfe Breisgau e.V. help stray cats in need, supplying food stations throughout the entire region in aid of a better life. In collaboration with veterinaries and animal shelters in Emmendingen and Freiburg, they also provide medical care, take measures to prevent reproduction, or even find homes for the cats.
Hidden behind Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 2 is a monetary donation towards this important work.
Time for the whole KNF team to get active: “Money for kilometers or pounds of flour” is on! We will rack up the kilometers and turn pounds and pounds of flour into delicious goods.
All these efforts will be reflected in a donation to Südwind Freiburg e.V. – a Freiburg-based charity carrying out social and intercultural work. Südwind Freiburg embodies diversity and strengthens inclusion, with its activities ranging from education to advice, all aimed at combating inequalities. This is something we are proud to support.
Baking, going for a run, a walk, a stroll, cross-country skiing or cycling – everything counts!
We are opening Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 3 and are saying thank you for a total of 68 kilometers and 14 pounds!
Door number 4 of the Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds opens to reveal another monetary donation to Südwind Freiburg e.V. – charity for social and intercultural work.
Our team has conquered many kilometers and baked with a whole lot of pounds of flour, all of which is turned into a donation supporting this charity that promotes intercultural dialogue and inclusion of people from all walks of life in a diverse society.
Thank you all so much for a total of 19 kilometers and 3 pounds!
Sports clubs make an important contribution to our local community. That’s why there is a gift for SV Munzingen behind door 5 of the Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds: KNF will pay for the purchase of much-needed items at the club and of course we’ll keep our fingers crossed for the sporting success of our local club!
A whole sack of candy can be heavy to carry, so of course, as the christian tale in Germany goes, Saint Nicholas, who traditionally hands out gifts on December 6, will have a whole host of eager helpers: a groom called Ruprecht, the angels, and, in this case, the lovely members of the KNF team who have packed “stockings” full of goodies for the children of employees. Also in the little bags: a personal letter from the Saint Nicholas himself. We can’t wait to see the beaming faces!
This is our Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 6.
Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 7 opens for the Hospiz Karl Josef hospice. Here, people in their last stage of life, as well as their relatives are cared for intensively in terms of nursing, medical and mental support. We would like to support these moments of families being together with a cake donation for their afternoon tea.
MAKS is a model project working with the children of addicts. The walk-in center supports children and young people whose parents suffer or have suffered with addiction and/or mental illness. One of its main objectives is to offer assistance and support. The earlier children and young people can access needs-oriented and appropriate help, the sooner they receive support in developing their skills which in turn reduces the risk that they will struggle with similar problems as their parents. MAKS carries out this crucially important work in Freiburg, the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district and Emmendingen.
Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 8 comes with a Christmas tree for MAKS, hopefully bringing some light and hope to the advent period for the employees and affected families.
“Every person has the right to food, nobody should have to beg for that,” says the Freiburger Essenstreff - Förderverein Essenstreff e.V. food bank. We’re glad to support them on the ground by helping to give out food to those who need it.
Many KNF colleagues have volunteered at the organization: Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 9.
“Mom/Dad is sick!” This is an emergency the staff at Dorfhelferinnenwerk Sölden e.V. deal with, looking after the children or the farm in the more rural areas – help that is desperately needed during times like that. To do our bit for this important work, several colleagues have racked up over 78 kilometers doing sport and baked with 6 pounds of flour in the kitchen that we will now turn into a monetary donation.
This is what’s behind Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 10.
Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 11 is also dedicated to Dorfhelferinnenwerk Sölden e.V. Once again, our colleagues have been tirelessly jogging and baking: We can now convert 61 km and 8 pounds of flour into donations. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU!
The family house run by the Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder e.V. of Freiburg, the association for children with cancer, makes a real difference for families affected.
This is why we would like to honor their work with our Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds and door number 12: a Christmas tree as festive decoration for the house.
Lots of little packages are hidden behind Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door 13: The AWO Workers’ Welfare Association in Freiburg presents elderly people in need with lovingly packed surprises.
The KNF team is delighted to contribute to the event by donating gifts: all manner of useful everyday items for elderly people affected by poverty.
Tierrettungsdienst Freiburg Hilfswerk Tier und Natur e.V. takes in animals, looks after them and finds them new homes with their resources of animal shelter, farm for animals who have suffered greatly, support for wildlife.
Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 14 opens onto a monetary donation towards this important animal welfare work.
Some of our colleagues are dedicated blood donors the whole year round. All the more amazing that our Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds is recruiting even more donors behind door number 15.
Together, the KNF team has given the German Red Cross an amazing gift which saves lives.
We support the invaluable work of the Salvation Army Freiburg behind Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 16. Many KNF team members have volunteered to help pack Christmas goody bags. These goody bags have been made possible through the donation of items by several companies. They will be handed out as Christmas presents to the guests at the open café Insel.
We are grateful to have been able to make an active contribution.
Wildwasser Freiburg e.V. is an advice center for girls and women who have suffered or are suffering sexual violence. The center’s team provides advice, support and a safe space to talk about abuse and process it.
We hope that our monetary donation makes a difference. Out team has certainly given their all at the weekend, baking and covering many kilometers. Every kilometer and every pound will go towards a donation – a total of 83 kilometers and 10 pounds behind Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 17.
Even Sunday is no day of rest for the KNF team during Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds times! With door number 18, all their sports and baking activities on a Sunday will once again go towards Wildwasser Freiburg e.V. advice center for girls and women who have suffered or are suffering sexual violence.
We can now convert 63 km and 10 pounds of flour into a donation to this organization.
Behind the 19th door of our Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds, our thoughts turn to the Tafel food bank in Freiburg. Many colleagues have donated all kinds of long-dated food products and filled numerous boxes which were now taken to the food bank to bring some joy. At KNF, we are 100 % behind the food bank’s motto “food donations help to help”.
The Railway Mission helps everyone. And with Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 20, KNF helps the Railway Mission. Our donation will enable them to buy desperately needed sleeping bags to give them to those in need.
That’s our small contribution to the unreserved work of the Railway Mission.
The non-profit organization myreforest aims to protect local woods. Reforestation projects turn damaged monocultures into healthy, viable mixed forests. This is something we are happy to support with our Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds. Door number 21 reveals 20 trees that are going to bring life to a part of the forest near our head office in Freiburg-Munzingen that has been lying dormant.
Only two more days! Behind door 22 of the Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds is a large quantity of food for the animals at the animal protection association Tierschutzverein Freiburg e.V.
Once again the KNF team was very generous with donations – a huge thank you to all!
The gift behind Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds door number 23 will go straight into the local community: The children at Kindergarten Freiburg-Munzingen can look forward to a number of nice new items that are essential for looking after the smallest members of our community.
That will definitely put a smile on everyone’s faces in the new year!
The Autismus Südbaden e.V. association is the first port of call for many families affected by autism. An autism diagnosis will lead to many questions and challenges. The association provides information and support and puts families into contact with professional support organizations.
The 24th and final door of our Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds opens onto a monetary donation for this association.
And that is where KNF’s Advent calendar of heartfelt good deeds is coming to an end. We wish you a peaceful holiday season and merry Christmas!