German carolers raise funds for children from Ukraine
Since January 6, thousands of children-carolers in Germany, dressed in costumes of the biblical Three Kings - Kaspar, Balthazar and Melchior, traditionally go home, sing carols and raise money for charity. And although this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine restrictions, children will not knock on neighbors' doors, the charity campaign continues, including online.
This year it is held under the slogan "Bring a blessing, be a blessing. Support children - in Ukraine and all over the world." The campaign organizers collect assistance for children from Ukraine who live with one of their parents, grandparents or in foster families because their father or mother went to work abroad. According to various estimates, about two million children have suffered from parental labor migration in Ukraine alone.
Steinmeier and his wife, as well as Merkel, addressed the carolers with their blessing and gratitude for their charitable activities in their video messages. They noted that by helping children from Ukraine and all over the world, carolers make this world a better and brighter place.