Santa Claus visited HQ MND-SE

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BUCHAREST, Romania – Santa Claus arrived last night at Headquarters Multinational Division South-East, where the holiday season just began. Together with their families, militaries and civilians of this NATO headquarters, both Romanians and internationals, they all joined the third edition of Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, conducted by General Major Daniel Petrescu, commander of HQ MND-SE.

The special guests of the party were the children from ”Cireșarii” shelter from Bucharest, who are the beneficiaries of the charitable campaign organized by the headquarters personnel, during which they collected more than 11,300 lei. The campaign started at the beginning of November with the Social Club HQ MND-SE Charitable Fair, where the ladies sold a lot of homemade Christmas decorations, pies, cakes and other handmade products. During this event, 5900 lei were collected. The campaign continued with a blood donation activity, where the volunteers from HQ MND-SE donated not only blood, but also the meal tickets received in exchange. Finally, we collected the money from the raffle tickets sold for the Winter Ball, organized on 7th of December. Meanwhile, others donated money directly into the three boxes placed inside the headquarters. At the end, we realized that we achieved our goal to have 10,000 lei for buying presents, clothes and daily goods for the children from “Cireșarii” shelter. Invited at the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, some of those children sang a lot of traditional carols and received gifts from Santa Claus. Their true joy cheered the holiday atmosphere of the party.

Santa Claus gave gifts to all the children of the personnel, from the smallest to the biggest ones, present at the ceremony. The surprise of the night was an artistic program with winter Romanian traditions performed by the military choir of the 122nd Logistic Brigade. Their show entertained both children and their parents. The party continued with a raffle for 2 tickets at next year Bon Jovi concert in Bucharest. One of the kids picked the lucky ticket: and the winner number was 85! At the end, everybody was invited to a traditional festive dinner. We wished each other ”Merry Christmas” and ”Happy New Year” and we left the party with the joy of being again all together for some relaxing hours as a great team as we always are for exercises and trainings. And we left with our hearts full of gratitude for such an amazing year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, 2019!