Special Programmes including SOS (Sack of Smiles) : –
Everyone loves to celebrate and we have various occasions throughout the year, when celebration is important. Christmas is the most obvious that comes to mind, but many, too many children in Romania see little to no difference at Christmas to their hard lives throughout the year. SOS (Sack of Smiles) was our answer to this sad reality of not celebrating Christmas. Of course, Christmas is about much more than a ‘bag of goodies’ but it has proven a great way to share the important message of Christmas – God’s Gift to the World of His Son, Jesus Christ. Over the years, thousands of gifts have been given and the real message of Christmas shared. Other times of the year need special focus also, especially Easter and our special Mission of Sharing Joy is important to maintain whatever the occasion.
The Smile’s Christmas Project that really makes Smiles!
Specially prepared Christmas Sacks filled with a specific list of items including clothing, hygiene, toys and treats – purchased in Romania and distributed by those on the Smiles Mission Trips in December each year. Our SOS really puts a Smile on everyone’s face.
Making Christmas Special for a Child – please watch the video
We first launched the Christmas Project – S.O.S. to Romania, Sack of Smiles in 2004. Everything purchased is new in Romania which helps the local economy, all Sacks are filled identical, according to gender, to ensure suitability for all recipients and avoids any disappointment between members of the same family.
With hundreds of gifts provided each year, Smiles Teams are able to deliver presents to all of the youngsters that the Foundation is involved with throughout the year, in the family programme, through the school and nursery, after-school programmes as well as Gypsy villages in Tileagd and Rapa.
We want the S.O.S. project repeated each and every year, so please consider making a donation to support this amazing project for Christmas. You could possibly set up a monthly standing order to ensure you can deliver plenty of Sacks at Christmas.
The MISSIONS PILLAR and associated projects are under the leadership of Smiles Director – Maria Cimpoca-Hava.
Working within Smiles since 2002, Maria has a heart dedicated to the Smiles ministry and has vast experience of dealing with the issues and demands of managing all the important aspects of people, logistics and finance.
Being personal assistant to the Foundation’s Founder and CEO has also benefitted Maria in understanding and sharing the Vision that drives the Foundation forward day by day.