The same questions can be heard every year during advent: “Mummy, are you making an advent calendar? Are we doing secret Santa? What are we getting?”
Feeling slightly irritated by the annual demands of her two children (aged five and eight), Rebecca Schreiber of Walzenhausen came up with a special idea. She popped to the bank to withdraw 24 five-franc coins, which she used to fill the children's advent calendar. Why was that? “I believe that we give our children too many presents. And they only play with a new toy for about a month anyway.” Rebecca decided that from this year onwards there will no longer be daily presents during advent.
In a short note to her children, Mrs Schreiber announced that from now on the family would be opening a door on the advent calendar every day and placing the five-franc coin hidden behind the door in a money box next to the calendar. The goal was to empty the money box on Christmas Eve and donate the collected money to a charitable organisation. This year, to start this new advent tradition, Rebecca selected the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation (SPF) as the beneficiary.
Once the innovative advent calendar had been explained over dinner, the topic of spinal cord injuries was discussed in great detail and with lively interest. The mother-of-two took the time to explain to the children what the purpose of the SPF is. “That could happen to us, too, couldn't it, Mummy? I think it’s a good idea. We’re doing OK, we have everything. And Santa will be here soon to bring us something, too.”
The lovingly collected sum of CHF 120 from the Schreiber family reached us on 23 December 2019. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!