"A thousand and one gifts for Christmas": a Christmas campaign for the little ones

"A thousand and one gifts for Christmas" is the Christmas campaign organized for the second consecutive year by the young Orthodox Christians of Beit Jala. A gesture of love towards the little ones.

"A thousand and one gifts for Christmas" is the Christmas campaign organized for the second consecutive year by the young Orthodox Christians of Beit Jala. " This year, over 80 young boys were involved and 1500 gifts were collected for the little ones.

Fr. YOUSSEF AL-HODALI
Spiritual Director of the young Orthodox Christians - Beit-Jala
"This initiative organized by the young people of the Orthodox Cultural Center bears witness to the love of St. Nicholas, he who loved to give, who loved charity and justice for the poor. And these young people chose to follow his example. These gifts are important not only for their material value, but, above all, for the moral value of these young people.”

Inside the cultural center, adjacent to the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in Beit Jala, young people collected family names and shared gifts according to the number of children. Determined to spread tenderness and joy, they began to distribute gifts to the little ones.

LAILA NAZZAL
Member - young Orthodox Christians - Beit-Jala
"We want to spread mercy and bring joy to others during this holiday season.I am 23 years old and I have never fully understood the meaning of these holidays until last year, when we visited more than 500 houses bringing joy to 1200 children.
We were really happy to receive photos of a child sleeping with a gift near his bed. That is why we decided to try to reach as many children as possible. "

NABIL ABU QUBU’
Member - young Orthodox Christians - Beit-Jala
"Our goal is to convey the Christmas joy and Jesus' message to all Beit Jala families regardless of their religion.”

Walking the streets of Beit Jala, dressed as Santa Claus, these young people chose to give joy, distributing sweets to everyone. Together with the Baladi Center for culture and art and the Al-Harah theater, they then performed in the dabke, the traditional Palestinian dance. This was a way to involve children and to remind them of the spirit of Christmas.

SELENA ALARAJ
Member - young Orthodox Christians - Beit-Jala
"We want to bring joy to the children: Santa Claus is so important to them! I want to give them happiness".

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