Szlachetna Paczka

Christmas is, for the huge majority of us, an exciting time of the year. We generally associate the festive season with family, good food, presents and a much-needed break, and usually start our preparations a long way in advance, allowing plenty of time for food and present shopping. Even those who don’t have very much money will normally go to any lengths to put on a Christmas to remember. But what about those who can’t afford it at all?

Project “Szlachetna Paczka” is one of the most recognised initiatives in Poland. It focuses on aiding people whose lives have just somehow not gone to plan and are in need of a little help at what should be a very special time of the year.

“Szlachetna Paczka” was created in 2000 by a group of students from Krakow under the leadership of priest Jacek Stryczek, and is one of the many “Wiosna” projects - a programme which focuses mainly on poverty and giving people a chance to make a positive change in their lives. When this initiative first started out they were able to reach 30 families, however in 2015 this number increased to a staggering 20 771!

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