Packages were again filled, wrapped, collected, and given as gifts in 2017: this is already the eighth year for the "Give a smile" Christmas campaign, which sees Daimler employees pack boxes for underprivileged children, and distribute them with the help of aid organizations.
The number of employees who fill and wrap colorful packages at the participating Daimler locations for the Daimler "Give a smile" Christmas campaign keeps growing from year to year. This year, the joy of giving was again even greater than the year before. More than 20,000 packages were collected in all, whose purpose is to make children's eyes light up.
I want to thank our colleagues who support the campaign again this year very much. These presents will enable us to give a little bit of Christmas joy to many children.
As every year, the Give-a-smile trucks toured the company's locations in the greater Stuttgart area and collected the Christmas presents with the assistance of volunteer helpers from the various units and departments. They are abundantly filled with toys, coloring books, colored pencils, hats, gloves, candy, and much more German aid organizations such as the Schwäbische Tafel Stuttgart, the Caritasverband Baden-Baden, the Berlin City Mission, as well as a host of orphanages and pediatric hospitals, will distribute the presents just before Christmas.
Economically disadvantaged children feel their underprivileged status more than ever at special times like Christmas. Thanks to the presents wrapped by the Daimler employees, we can give the children a little bit of joy.