Gifts for Kids
Since 1996, The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg (AWCL) has been organizing and leading Gifts for Kids, a volunteer-run, community-driven charitable initiative to bring holiday presents to children living in Luxembourg foyers. Every year, we try to reach more children. In 2019, 992 children received presents through Gifts for Kids, the most beneficiaries ever.
Companies, schools and organizations throughout Luxembourg, called sponsors, set up Christmas trees in prominent locations upon which paper ornaments, handcrafted by the volunteers at AWCL, are hung. Each ornament reflects the gift wish of a child who has chosen a favorite present from the holiday catalog of Cactus Belle Etoile, a longtime partner of Gifts for Kids. Any individual who would like to fulfill a gift wish removes the ornament and does not buy the actual present but simply provides the funds for the purchase. The AWCL arranges the buying of the presents and, a few days before the holidays in December, delivers the presents to the foyers.
Each year, the students at St. George's International School make beautiful handmade cards to accompany each gift that is delivered. This year, they created over 900 cards, a tremendous effort. Presenting original and thoughtfully created cards from the children of the community to the children in the foyers is especially poignant.