“To a lonely senior citizen, a Christmas card gives the feeling of being remembered. Cards can convey a human touch and bring joy to our fellow humans”, says Eero Väisänen, Executive Director of Siskot ja Simot ry.
Development Specialist at Volunteer Activities Eliisa Saarinen organises the campaign on behalf of the City of Helsinki. “The City of Helsinki is glad to participate in this heart-warming campaign. People can participate by making a Christmas card and delivering it to a collection point during the period between 16.11.–11.12.2020. In Helsinki, we collect Christmas cards for Senior service clients, for example for housing services and house care”, Saarinen says.
Cards can also be made in Helsinki in Christmas card workshops and in the self-service points of some libraries. Christmas card workshops will be arranged at least in the Helsinki City Museum, in Annantalo and Maunula House.
Christmas wishes will be written onto the cards. “For you” is written into the space reserved for the recipient, and the sender’s own name plus Siskot ja Simot into the space reserved for the sender. The cards are dropped into the nearest collection box without an envelope.
Libraries as collection points
In Helsinki, the cards are collected in the libraries. Christmas cards are collected in both Helsinki mobile libraries, in the Central Library Oodi and in the libraries of Itäkeskus, Jakomäki, Kallion, Kannelmäki, Kontula, Käpylä, Lauttasaari, Malmi, Maunula, Oulunkylä, Paloheinä, Pasila, Puistola, Pukinmäki, Rikhardinkatu, Suutarila, Tapanila, Tapulikaupunki, Töölö, Viikki and Vuosaari. All Christmas card collection points and the possible mailing addresses can be found on the campaign website (in Finnish): siskotjasimot.fi/joulupostia.
The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the Finnish Association of Adult Education Centres, Citizen Forum (Kansalaisareena), the City of Helsinki and 4H Finland are cooperation partners of the campaign. President Sauli Niinistö acts as the patron of the campaign.
Photo: Maija Astikainen / City of Helsinki