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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 St. Nicholas Day presents to children living in Luxembourg foyers. For each of the last three years, the AWCL has averaged approximately 800 presents being delivered to children for the holiday.

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 St. Nicholas Day, December 6th, 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 900 for the 900 presents, a tremendous effort. Presenting original and thoughtfully created cards from the children of the community to the children in the foyers is especially poignant.

Gifts for Kids’ trees will start appearing in the community at the beginning of November and will continue into December. Anyone wishing to make the holidays a bit brighter for a child is encouraged to take an ornament.

 

How Can I Help? Grant the Wish of a Child!

AWCL reaches out to Luxembourg foyers and asks each child to select a present that they would like for St. Nicholas Day from the holiday catalog of our longtime partner Cactus Belle Etoile. These presents, up to 25 EUR, are funded by individuals in the community. If you see a “giving tree” at a sponsor location, we encourage you to take an ornament and grant a wish for a child this St. Nicholas Day. If you prefer, you may send a donation to:

AWCL/Gifts for Kids

LU42 0019 7912 1293 3000

This bank account is solely used for Gifts for Kids. All of the accumulated funds are taken to buy the presents for the children each St. Nicholas Day. Any money sent in as a donation is used to purchase a present. All facets of the project are performed by volunteers at AWCL. Any administrative costs or supplies are either donated or covered through an AWCL Board approved donation each year from the AWCL to Gifts for Kids.

Any questions, please contact The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg Gifts for Kids at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and find out more.

Become a Sponsor: Display a Giving Tree!

There is no financial obligation to being a sponsor. Corporations, schools and organizations work with the AWCL to promote Gifts for Kids to their employees, colleagues and visitors, encouraging them to make donations if they choose. Sponsor involvement only lasts for the months of November and December.  

A display is made in the lobby of a sponsor location, usually a Christmas tree, on which hand-crafted ornaments (made by the volunteers at AWCL) are hung, each reflecting a gift chosen by a child. Posters giving an overview of the project, written in both English and French are provided by AWCL and can also be placed near the display. Email templates, also in English and French, can be provided to sponsors should they wish to share those with employees and colleagues.    

Becoming a sponsor is simple:

 

  • Identify a contact person and provide their details to AWCL
  • Inform AWCL if you require a tree for displaying ornaments
  • Display ornaments at your location in a well trafficked area during November and December (ornaments provided by AWCL)
  • Hang explanatory overview posters near the display (in French and English, provided by AWCL)
  • Encourage colleagues, visitors and/or clients to participate
  • Send employees the project overview via email (in French and English, provided by AWCL)

 

Our heartfelt thanks to our longtime partner, Cactus Belle Etoile, and our 2019 Sponsors:

 

  • AllianceBernstein
  • Altisource
  • Amazon
  • AVIVA Investors
  • Barclays
  • Brown Brothers Harriman 
  • Centre Medical, Limpertsberg
  • Cine Utopia
  • Clearstream International
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Fidelity Investment Luxembourg
  • Garage Weimerskirch & Fils, Junglinster
  • Goodyear Luxembourg
  • The House of Yoga
  • International School Michel Lucius
  • International School of Luxembourg (ISL)
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG Luxembourg
  • Miami University Dolibois European Center
  • Morningstar Luxembourg SARL
  • NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Spire Global Luxembourg SARL
  • St. George’s International School
  • State Street Bank
  • Sunflower Montessori Crèche
  • The United States Embassy
  • Zigzag and A Little Gym

 

With the support of  l’OEuvre National de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte.  

Our deepest gratitude to:

 

Contact The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg Gifts for Kids at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and find out more.

 


 

Books to Read/Buy 

 

If you are looking for books to read in English, we always have a large selection available at our Clubhouse. The book supply is updated and replenished constantly. Each book costs only €1. Another great perk to being a member….

 

 


 

The FAWCO Foundation

Every year since 1995, FAWCO members throughout the world have contributed their creativity and sewing talents to the FAWCO Friendship Quilt.

This international collaboration has resulted in a unique collection of stunning handmade quilts. The greatly coveted finished product is raffled each year at the FAWCO annual conference in order to raise money for The Foundation's programs and charitable causes.

If you have any queries about FAWCO projects, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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