04 Mar

Creations for charity 2014 – Zagreb, Croatia

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Hello from Croatia. First of all, I am very sorry for the delay. After 30 years living in Zagreb, I moved to a different town and to a new job, so it was extremely busy period in my life. I tried to establish some contacts with local orphanages but they weren’t cooperative as I hoped. It was also Holliday season, so most of staff was on vacation and children were taken to temporary foster homes.

Finally I decided to make a donation in Zagreb with help of my parents who still live there. We have chosen the same home as last year – Dom za djecu Zagreb. Around 70 kids are accommodated there – from newborns to early teens. We bought the sets in LEGO store in Zagreb, who also wanted to participate, and generously offered us up to 25% discount on most of the sets. As always visiting the orphanage was quite emotional and touching. Sadly, we couldn’t play with them this year, as the flu epidemic was raging, so we could only wave to them through the glass.

Once again thank you all for giving me the opportunity to help someone in need and making those poor kids a bit happier. I would also like to thank my parents who kind of did almost everything for me this year. They aren’t quite good with technology though, so the photos didn’t turn out as expected. Once I arrive in Zagreb I’ll scan the recognition letter we received as thanks from “Dom za djecu Zagreb”.
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24 Dec

Creations for Charity 2013 in Croatia

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Hello again from Croatia! This is our second year donating the sets in Zagreb, Croatia, my home city. I have been participating in C4C for forth year now, and my second year as one of the coordinators. First of all I would like to thank Nannan for starting this a few years back. This year was a huge success in my opinion, not only we have raised over 8500 USD, but we even got sponsors – LEGO, Bricklink, and here in Croatia – Prodis llc – LEGO distributor for Croatia and Slovenia. They gave us a 12% discount on the wholesale prices, which allowed us to purchase around $150 worth of sets more.

We bought around 80 sets (still have to sort out the bills), large part of it Duplo as we planned to donate to younger kids this year. My mom and me contributed a bit more and bought meters of wrapping paper and spent a couple of hours packing (picture below).

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This allowed me to purchase sets for two causes this year. Most of the sets were donated to home for abandoned children “Dom za djecu Nazorova” in Zagreb. Home accommodates around 50 kids up t age of 7 – when they start elementary school, they are transferred elsewhere. We had a scheduled appointment at 4 PM this Sunday, and besides just leaving the sets in the home, I joined with volunteers (picture below) from Dora (largest children’s humanitarian organization in Croatia). Together we spent whole 3 hours playing with kids, and helping them assemble their LEGO sets. Kids were thrilled with the gifts, and enjoyed their time playing with us. It was a heartwarming and pleasant afternoon, though I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad for the kids. They are all so communicative, and can’t wait to have someone to talk to, or to sit in someone’s lap, even if it’s just someone they just met. They have pretty good care in the home, but of course  it still isn’t the same as having parents so they still lack some contact and human warmth. This was also the first time someone donated such a large amount of high quality toys – usually they get used toys, and almost never LEGO, as it’s considered somewhat of a luxury here because recession hit really hard in Croatia.

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Yesterday morning we went to Dora Humanitarian Organization and met there with a couple of poor families with lots of kids (some have even 17 :/). Altogether there were only 9 kids, so we got them each a gift, and the rest of the sets we donated to Dora to distribute among some other families who couldn’t be there in this busy pre-Christmas period.

 

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10 Jan

Croatia Distribution

Posted in Uncategorized on 10.01.13 by

This is my third year of participating in Creations for Charity, but my first year of being one of the coordinators. This way, we went international, including Croatia and Chile in the donations. I live in Zagreb, Croatia, and me and Nannan decided to make our donations to a small orphanage on outskirts of Zagreb. It is a home to 33 elementary school children. Here, we don’t have a national program as Toys for Tots in the USA, so I made the delivery by myself. I bought the sets from our local LEGO distributor, and they also offered a small discount when they heard that it’s for Christmas donations (thank you Prodis LLC). I’ve decided to buy each kid a personal gift, rather than donating the bricks to the institution. It’s Christmas after all. I got City and Dino sets for boys, and Friends sets for girls. We mixed as many different sets we could, so they could get different gifts, and later play together, or exchange between themselves if they liked something else better. For the remaining amount we bought a couple of LEGO board games and one Mindstorms NXT 2 set for their computer workshop. There are after all, kids up to age 14 in the home, so we thought that would be an ideal gift for their age group. I arrived there on 20th December. It was a beautiful and touching moment. They already had their Christmas three set up in the lobby, and we laid down all of the presents beneath it. When kids arrived back from school, I gave each one their gift. It was rare for them to get something really for themselves, and they were really happy. Once they unwrapped the gifts and seen that it were LEGO, they were even more thrilled. I think this was the first time for most of them to play with LEGO bricks. I stayed a while, and helped the younger ones built their models, and then left with a huge grin on my face.

Thank you all for participating in this noble cause, and congrats to Nannan for his organizational skills and for this beautiful idea. I hope to continue to contribute in the years that follow.

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