Thirteen years ago they started at the kitchen table and now Sintvoorieder1 has grown into a foundation with hundreds of volunteers who this year 40. children from Den Making Haag happy with gifts.
Stichting Sintvoorieder1 is committed to children growing up in poverty, so that they also receive a present and some sweets with Sinterklaas. We visit the warehouse in Leidschendam and speak with founder Esther Blom and regular volunteer Lieke de Reus.
Poverty is close
Esther from The Hague saw the enormous amount of gifts her children received only increasing. “I was embarrassed because I know that this is not obvious for all children. Then I thought: can’t I give some of these presents to others?”
Together with friends and family she started collecting toys and everything was packed at the kitchen table. “The first time, we donated 300 gifts to a Salvation Army home. Then the ball started rolling and we didn’t stop. After that we came to a shelter-from-my-body home and even people’s homes. Then you will be confronted with the facts. That so close to your home, where you have everything, there is so much poverty. I think a lot of people don’t realize that.”
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