For the fifth time, the children of the ROSEN bilingual primary school ROBIGS and the kindergarten ROKIDS joined forces with the trainees of the site in Lingen (Ems), Germany to help socially disadvantaged children in the region. With a lot of strength and heart, the young trainees thus overcame the challenges and restrictions that the coronavirus pandemic poses for events. As a result, 300 gifts for disadvantaged children and a total of 3,000 euros were handed over to the youth welfare office of the city of Lingen (Ems), Germany and the Catholic Association for Social Services in Lingen e.V. (SKM). The internally collected donation amount was doubled by the ROSEN Group.

A strong community

"It is important for us to give something back to the region – and to commit ourselves to the young generation. We are proud of the commitment of the apprentices and the dedication of our colleagues, who once again fulfilled 300 wishes," underlines Patrik Rosen, representative of the owner family. "The current year has shown us that we are only strong as a community. This is what the ROSEN Christmas campaign stands for. The collaboration of our trainees and the children, as well as the willingness of our employees to support them, have a special meaning for us as a company."

Collection of gifts

The ROSEN Christmas campaign

The Christmas campaign enables socially disadvantaged children to express their personal Christmas wishes, which are then fulfilled through the joint commitment of the trainees and the employees. Children from ROKIDS and ROBIGS craft stars, which the trainees hang on the Christmas trees at our location in Lingen (Ems), Germany. All employees then have the opportunity to take one of these stars and fulfill the wish that is written on it.

Digital stars and virtual waffles

New this year was the digital component of the campaign. Donations could be made via online bank transfer and a digital Christmas tree could be accessed on the Group's intranet so that wishes could also be received in the home office. "It was important for us to continue this tradition, to respond to the current situation and to enable all colleagues to participate," ROSEN trainees Jan Luca Veerkamp and Melina Meyer emphasize. Even the small thank you for all donors, the annual waffle baking of the ROSEN trainees, was converted into an electronic greeting with a virtual waffle via e-mail. The gifts were then optionally delivered to the company by the "Trainee Pick-Up Shuttle", which the trainees drove to pick up the Christmas gifts at meeting points in the company's immediate surrounding area, while complying with hygiene and safety measures. "Even though this year's campaign posed various challenges for us, we are grateful to be able to bring a little hope into the next year with our gifts and the donation," trainees Jan Luca and Melina state.

For the greater good of the children

The strong partnership between ROSEN, the youth welfare office of the city of Lingen (Ems), Germany and the Catholic Association for Social Services in Lingen (SKM) has also proven its worth in the past months. "We are very happy and grateful that the campaign can take place despite the adverse circumstances. I am quite sure that the many children and young people we are able to reach are also very grateful," emphasizes Lara Friedetzky from the youth work department of the city of Lingen (Ems), Germany.