All the diocesan Caritas take part in the action. Caritas Polska parcels will be delivered by parishes and local Caritas centers, incl. crèches, orphanages, volunteer centers and migrant and refugee support centres.
– Picnics, family festivities, outdoor gatherings, outdoor games and sports tournaments will be held throughout the country. Special attractions will also await children, for example, the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Gdańsk organizes a catamaran cruise on the Bay of Gdańsk – says Renata Pruszkowska from Caritas Polska.
Children’s Day is also an opportunity to provide further aid to the structures supported for years by Caritas Polska. Prof. Marcin Iżycki, director of the organization, visited the complex of special schools of the independent complex of public health institutions Children of Warsaw in Dziekanów Leśny and Dom Mocarza – a center for disabled children in Mocarzewo run by the Sisters of the Resurrection . In addition to the Bonheur Boxes for the charges, Caritas Polska supported the two institutions this year.
Dziekanów Leśny Hospital received multimedia equipment allowing remote contact with children with cystic fibrosis. It will be used by patients of the lung disease department of SZPZOZ im. Children of Warsaw. In Mocarzewo, the Caritas delegation left a symbolic check for 250,000 PLN. zloty. This sum, collected thanks to the cooperation of Caritas Polska with the television program “Sprawa dla reportera”, will contribute to the fund for the construction of the House of Forts, where the wards of the young sisters will find care in adulthood.
– I hope that we will be able to support you also in the years to come – said Fr. Marcin Iżycki and recalled that Caritas Polska had previously supported the construction of the House of the Fort with an amount of 430,000 PLN. zloty.
– These gifts are always expected, children express their gratitude by smiling, shaking hands, but they can also thank each other by singing and dancing. We also thank you for supporting the construction of our house, which is at an advanced stage, but still in progress and the related needs are still great – admitted Sister Elwira Szwarc from Mocarzew.
She also thanked Prof. dr hab. not. med Dorota Sands, head of the cystic fibrosis treatment center, head physician of the clinical department of lung diseases SZPZOZ im. Children of Warsaw.
– We have special computers, wall screens, allowing communication, among others with patients who are prohibited from contact with other patients for medical reasons. Thanks to them, these young people will be able to communicate safely with each other, with the staff, and use various programs – explains Prof. Sables. Caritas Polska equipment will also be used at the hospital school.
The June 1 holiday will be celebrated in Poland by thousands of Ukrainian children who found refuge in our country after the war. Not all came to Poland with their mother. In diocesan Caritas, which receive children in foster care, the celebration of Children’s Day will most often be combined with accompanying events and attractions prepared for all children, Polish, Ukrainian or other nationalities. The youngest will be given Happy Boxes and will also participate in the activities accompanying the celebration, whether in the centers that have welcomed them or in the schools they attend. One of the groups is also invited to a reception point dedicated to groups of children evacuated from Ukraine and managed by employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy.
Caritas assistance centers for migrants and refugees were also prepared for Children’s Day. In the newly opened CPMiU Warsaw headquarters at ul. Towarowa, the issuance of gift packages started on May 30.
– We have a thousand lucky boxes ready. In the new playroom, children under the supervision of our employee can enjoy games and toys, including the biggest attraction that even the adults envied them: a pool with balls, laughs Renata Makuch of the Caritas Polska Center for aid to migrants and refugees in Warsaw.
– In addition to the Lucky Boxes, the children received nice gifts that were offered to us by the donors. There was also face painting, coloring books, balloon blowing, clay modeling and zumba classes – says Renata Makuch.
Also, as part of the attractions, a group of the youngest children supported by the CPMiU Caritas Polska Warsaw will take part in a tour of the Presidential Gardens on June 1, where they will participate in the “Safe Holidays” campaign.
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