The Weekend of Miracles

The final stage of the 17th edition of Poland's Noble Box charity initiative - in which people send gifts to families in need through nearly 700 warehouses located all over Poland - started with the "Weekend of Miracles" on Saturday.

"The Weekend of Miracles" is the pre-Christmas culmination of the all-year-round Noble Box initiative. So-called media warehouses, where famous politicians and show-business people come to deposit their gifts, were opened in Warsaw and the southern city of Krakow on Saturday morning.

The Noble Box founder, Rev. Jacek Stryczek, told PAP that that the initiative was not aimed to offer material aid, but to help people get out of poverty.

This year's donors include the presidential couple, Andrzej Duda and Agata Kornhauser-Duda, PM-designate Mateusz Morawiecki and European Council President Donald Tusk. The initiative was joined by Poland's national football and ski jumping teams as well as Olympic medalists.

In the current edition, about 11,000 volunteers visited 35,000 families, with 20,000 of them having been qualified for aid.

The Noble Box ("Szlachetna Paczka" in Polish) was launched in 2001. In last year's edition the total value of aid topped PLN 47 mln (EUR 11.2 mln).

Source: Polish Press Agency