Lekia did it again!- part 2

The toys went from Sweden in November, they were picked up by Active Air Cargo AB at Lekia’s Warehousein Malmö and transported to Arlanda Airport Stockholm, Sweden for delivery to Seychelles by Qatar Airways.

Meanwhile we were applying for tax exemption for a donation of toys at Seychelles Revenue Commission. We got the call from Seychelles Air Cargo that the toys has arrived to Sez Airport and we had to contact an agent, that we have used before so he could start to do the bill entry based on our documents and the tax exempt letter. After 5 days he finished the paperwork and it was time for us to go to the airport and pick up “our toys” from customs.


We unpacked the boxes when we came home and we always get the Christmas Eve feeling when we do this. To find out what it is in the boxes. We don’t know! It is a surprise! We got trolls, cuddle toys, gymnastic bags and rattles for small children from Lekia.
Then it is time to buy wrapping paper, ribbons and bows and to print the Christmas Gift cards and cut them out.
Next step is to consult our list with children that is in a need of a Christmas Gift and start calling around and talk to head teachers, orphanages and charity organisations and make appointments to deliver Christmas Gifts and to attend Christmas Parties
 Lekia send us more toys than we asked for this year, so we have been able to add two more recipients of toys to our list, Sisters of Good Hope that goes around and visit children and their families in their homes and Seychelles Hospital Maternity Ward.
Now it is time to start the funny work wrapping! I and my colleague will wrap around 400 Christmas Gifts that we will deliver during December
Every child should be entitled  to have a little playtime at least on Christmas Eve. 
Our first delivery of 70 Christmas Gifts was this week on Tuesday to La Retrait Schoolwhere we handed them over to the Head Teacher Mrs Sheila.
On Wednesday Playtime attended 3 Christmas parties at 2 Crèches and 1 Primary class.
I tell the children that these toys have travelled very far to reach them and Seychelles, from the other side of the globe, from a country named Sweden where it snows and is cold during winter. Some of the elderly children always give me the question “Is it where Father Christmas lives the North pool Madame?”

I also tookthe opportunity to talk to the children about road safety and pedestrian reflectors and gave each child a reflector.

We had a nice time on the parties, we gave the children the Christmas Gifts and wished all of them A Merry Christmas and had some cake. 
On Thursday we had the last delivery for this week of 60 Christmas Gifts and pedestrian reflectors to Caritas Seychelles for their Christmas party for children on Sunday.
Tomorrow the wrapping for next week will start.

To be continued


Lekia did it again!

Playtime Seychelles has since Christmas 2014 been giving Christmas gifts to children that maybe never got a Christmas Gift.
This program started by a coincident in November 2014 when a fantastic German gentleman, living in Seychelles, asked me if Playtime wanted to give the children toys as Christmas gifts. He had bought a big amount of toys in Germany. 


We accepted his offer with great gratitude!
Next step was to find the children who should be the recipients of the toys, children in most need to get a Christmas Gift. Fortunately one of Playtime Seychelles committee members are a social worker and she immediately started to contact her colleagues in the other of Seychelles Community districts. We soon got lists with names and ages of children from the different districts.
We bought a lot of beautiful wrapping papers, ribbons and bows and started to wrap the toys. 
We also printed gift cards and we wrote each child’s name on the card. We wanted each child to feel  this was a gift specially chosen for him/her.
Every child should be entitled to a little playtime at least on Christmas Eve!
Noreen social worker and member of Playtime Seychelles committee picks up Christmas Gifts for different distrtict on Mahe, 2015
We packed the gifts into boxes to the districts and some of the social workers arranged Christmas parties for the children in their district.
Playtime also participated in these parties and I and my colleague Michelle could give the children their Christmas Gifts in person.
We also visited the Orphanages and gave each child a Christmas gift and wished them a Merry Christmas.  
We saw the big smiles on the children’s faces when they got the gifts and how happy they were and decided to make this into a habit every Christmas. This was the start up for Playtime Seychelles Christmas Gift Program for children in Seychelles.
Next year we were sending donations letters to toy manufacturers and retailers.
We wrote a lot of letters where we appealed for toys for Christmas gifts to children that maybe never got a Christmas gift or not even own a toy of their own.
Richard Richardson from a toy company, Lekia Sweden answered our appeal immediately.
He said, yes we can donate toys to Seychelles children, and he asked how many children do you have and in what ages, that are in a need toys?
We realized that Playtime Seychelles was fortunate to get in contact with a person and a company that have a big and generous heart.
We got two big boxes full of fantastic toys that we picked up on Seychelles airport and we were excited like children on Christmas Eve when we unpacked them.
Lekia have been the donor of toys to our Christmas Gift program 2015, 2016 and they have done it again!


Lekia Sweden is also the toy donor to Seychelles children 2017!

Nowadays we give gifts to many different places. We give to Crèches, Primary Schools, Christmas parties, to the church, Social Affairs, Children’s Ward at Seychelles Hospital.
Seychelles Hospital Children’s Ward 2015
                                                                     Sister Alice 2016
This program and Lekia’s donations have attracted a lot of attention in Seychelles and have been nominated as one of the Minister of Tourism and Culture high lights of the year, two years in a row.
The program has been very appreciated in Seychelles, but probably most appreciated by the children. How exiting isn´t it to get a gift from Sweden, a country so far away from Seychelles and gifts that are specially chosen only for them. It is important for children to feel special and chosen sometimes and at least once a year!
We will do updates on this blog about this year’s Christmas gifts and how it proceeds.