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We're raising funds to ensure that more than 70 Ukrainian orphans get to experience a Christmas to remember!
Last Christmas, Dnipro Kids took the children to an amazing pantomime, treated them to a delicious festive meal and ensured that each kid got a present to unwrap on Christmas day. And we would love to do something similar again this year, but we need your help!
If you could please spare any pennies, no matter how small an amount, we would be extremely grateful if you would consider donating to our fundraiser appeal.
To get an idea of what we hope to do for the kids this Christmas, you can read about last year's events below....We couldn't have done it without your kind donations.
Thank you, and have a Merry Christmas!
Last year's pantomime trip
We always like to organise a theatre trip for the kids in the run up to our main Christmas event, and last year was no different. On January the 2nd, when many of us were possibly trying to recover from hangovers, the family orphanages were turning up at the Dnipro Region Youth Theatre in the centre of the city to take in a unique puppet show.
The storyline for the puppet show was about a group of animal friends that were out playing in the snow in the forest.
Unfortunately, Bear ate some icicles that made him ill, and his best friend Hedgehog had to lead them on an adventure to find a magic flower that could make him well again.
The kids were so excited during the show, and they all kept shouting out advice to Hedgehog, and warning him when there was danger!
Of course, the show had a happy ending, and also a happy ending for the kids as they gathered around the Christmas tree at the end to receive some Christmas gifts from Dnipro Kids.
Last year's Christmas dinner
For our Christmas meal, we invited all of our orphanages to the newly opened Stargorod Restaurant (which roughly translates to Old City) situated in the centre of Dnipro. The manager at Stargorod was happy to host our event, and was very helpful in helping us to organise an entertainment package for the children (as well as a generous discount for our charity).
The children started arriving at 11.45am, and were immediately impressed with this beautiful, newly decorated restaurant, as well as all the Christmas and New Year decorations.
The staff had prepared two long tables for everyone to sit at, and with everyone seated they brought out the first course of tasty salads.
With the first course devoured, it was onto chicken kebabs and fries, which might not be overly ‘festive’ but the children enjoyed it.
After the main meal the entertainment team had everyone up out of their seats for some games.
As well as providing fun for the kids it also allowed the staff to clear the tables and set them up for the next surprise.
The next treat for the kids were some home baked cookies, but the twist from the Stargorod staff was that the kids had to make them themselves!
After the cookie making was complete, the tables were cleared again for the next task…snowflake decoration.
And snowflake decoration can be hard work...so there was an energy top-up with some warm cookies to help the kids complete the task.
And with the snowflake decoration complete, it was time for the final course - tasty Napoleon cake.
To finish off our Christmas event Santa was on hand to give every child a Christmas gift, some sweets and a Disney toy.
Our Dnipro-based worker, Natalie, tells us that all the kids had a great time at such an amazing venue, and will remember this Christmas party for a long time to come.
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