Santa and Friends – Nagoya

BY rjhedden December 22, 2012 • 0 COMMENTS
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Remember when you were a child at Christmas.  On Christmas Eve, it was always extremely difficult to fall asleep due to the anticipation of waking up, opening gifts and spending time with loved ones.  Some children are not lucky enough to be able to experience this feeling. Imagine not having parents or siblings around to share Christmas with.  Santa & Friends Nagoya, along with all the generous volunteers and supporters, are lucky enough to share the spirit of giving and Christmas with 200+ orphans from around Nagoya each year.

Santa & Friends Nagoya was officially formed in January 2009, however this is the 9th year we have been visiting the 4 orphanages to help celebrate Christmas. With the assistance of many great volunteers over the years, we have carried out Christmas events at 4 different orphanages located around Nagoya since 2004.  In 2009, we decided to bring all the children together for a full day Christmas celebration and the idea worked like a charm.  The children and volunteers alike all had a wonderful day and upon leaving the event, laughter and smiles were seen and heard by all.

We have since carried out two more Christmas events, in 2010 and again last year in 2011.  Last year we also visited each orphanage on a monthly basis, teaching dance, music, English, and spending time with the children, and of course in December again, held individual Christmas parties and celebrations at each location.  2012 is here and this year looks to be the biggest and best combined event yet!  We again are lucky enough to be able to use the Naka ku Sports Center in Fushimi and will bring all the children together for a fantastic day of fun and excitement.   This year’s SFN Christmas celebration will be more of a Christmas festival, allowing the children to choose which activity at which time they would like to do.  An array of activities, such as magicians, gingerbread-men decorating, hockey shoot-out, balloon tying, face painting, a fishing game, English-Christmas bingo, and more.  The main objective will be for the children to visit each station / activity and get a stamp from each location.  A Christmas EXPO of sorts.
We have many great volunteers who have been lending their effort and time during the year, but we do need more helping hands.  If you are interested in getting involved and volunteering please go to our website to sign up as a volunteer.

For security purposes, all volunteers must be registered to take part in any SFN activity. We would like to also express our thanks to all our continuing sponsors and supporters who have continued to assist us in our efforts.  If you are interested in donating or being a sponsor for SFN, please go to our website for more information.

If you could find it in your hearts to help through volunteering or donation to help spread the spirit of giving and the Christmas spirit to a number of great children, it would mean so much.

WE very much appreciate all the effort, support and generosity from all the friends of SFN and look forward to a great event this year.  If you would like to get involved or assist in some way, please contact us at the below email or visit our site.

 

Santa and Friends Nagoya
〒464-0818 愛知県名古屋市千種区池園町2-78-2
Nagoya City, Chikusa Ku, Ikesono-cho 2-78-1
Tel: 052 783 1817   Fax: 052 783 1897
URL: www.santaandfriendsnagoya.com
Email: santaandfriendsnagoya@gmail.com

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