ICHTHYS Foundation coordinates the project called Gwiazdkowa Niespodzianka. This a part of the worldwide mission Operation Christmas Child, run by the charity Samaritan’s Purse from the USA. Activities within the project include preparing gifts for children (around 10 million each year) and sending them to 124 countries, including Poland. In our country, the project started in 1999. The campaign consists of delivering Christmas gifts to children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The aim of the campaign is to demonstrate God’s love during Christmas. Our partner and the coördinator of the collecting of the gifts is the German association Geschenke der Hoffnung e.v. Gifts are also collected and packaged in our country. Each gift is unique and is prepared by a child, adult or the whole family. Packages are distributed either during special events or directly to the child’s home.
ICHTHYS Foundation has been involved in collecting and distributing the gifts since 2003. Since then, with the help of inexpensive but strategically given gifts, we have been able to share God’s love with thousands of children in Poland.