Saturday, December 11, 2010
EUROPE: ITALY: ANGELS' DAY: VOLUNTEERING FOR NEEDY CHILDREN
Agenzia Fides REPORT – On Sunday, 12 December, in various cities (Rome, Florence, Milan and Palermo), “Angels for a Day” returns, the volunteering initiative carried out on behalf of needy children on the outskirts of the Italian cities, guests in host and various group homes or living in situations of neglect, violence, poverty and degradation. The “angels” are young high school and university volunteers who, divided into groups, take responsibility for some children, accompanying and assisting them throughout the day according to the program provided by the organization: games, movies, group activities, performances and surprises. Many of these children do not limit themselves to being simply “angels for a day”, but continue for longer periods. Thanks to this day, the “angels” in fact become an important reference point for the child. These friendships motivate the most sensitive and willing volunteers to engage in ongoing weekly activities held at various group homes. “Angels for a Day” is a volunteer project now running for ten years in nine Italian cities: Rome, Milan, Florence, Modena, Brescia, Caserta, Naples, Palermo and Catania.