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2X Christmas by Swiss Post

This year will be the 14th initiative of the 2X Christmas from December 24th 2010 till January 8th 2011.

There will be PostBus units at various locations in CH that will accept from the public food and daily needs items ( such as dry goods, toiletries, items for infants, as new shoes and student / school items ).

The public donates food and daily household goods during the Christmas period, which are transported free of charge by Swiss Post to the SRC logistics centre in Wabern (Berne), where they are sorted and handed out to the needy, including those in social institutions in Moldavia, Belarus and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

2 x Christmas is a charitable campaign conducted jointly by the Swiss Red Cross (SRC), SRG SSR idée suisse and Swiss Post.

So watch out for that PostBus and do your bit for the needy.



Further info:
https://www.2xweihnachten.ch/broadcasts/
https://www.2xweihnachten.ch/xmas/gifts.aspx
http://www.redcross.ch/aid/donations.../photos-de.php
http://www.srk-luzern.ch/cms/front_content.php?idcat=41
http://www.srk-zug.ch/genpage.php?menu_id=4
http://www.suedostschweiz.ch/vermisc...2%BB-unterwegs
http://www.volksblatt.li/Default.asp...=sda&region=ch
http://www.srk-thurgau.ch/a_aktionen.php?id=1





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Thanks jrspet for sharing this information and link. It's an excellent initiative. Cheers.
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Re: 2X Christmas by Swiss Post

Maybe I'm being cynical and un-Christmassy but doesn't anyone know why they aren't just taking money instead of a rather strange list of items which requires the overhead of being sorted and controlled in Bern. I can't see some dried pasta and a bottle of shampoo making much difference when they could be bought locally for next to nothing.
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Maybe I'm being cynical and un-Christmassy but doesn't anyone know why they aren't just taking money instead of a rather strange list of items which requires the overhead of being sorted and controlled in Bern. I can't see some dried pasta and a bottle of shampoo making much difference when they could be bought locally for next to nothing.
Sounds like some Swiss logic coming out there. I guess there is more of an emotional attachment donating something tangible.
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Yeah that's exactly what I said when asked by a colleague yesterday and got glared at by a local Swiss.
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Maybe I'm being cynical and un-Christmassy but doesn't anyone know why they aren't just taking money instead of a rather strange list of items which requires the overhead of being sorted and controlled in Bern. I can't see some dried pasta and a bottle of shampoo making much difference when they could be bought locally for next to nothing.
The "rather strange list of items" as you put it, is perhaps not so given that the Swiss Red Cross have carefully researched into what is needed - see here.

Per your comment that these items "could be bought locally for next to nothing". Whilst that may be for true for some items in Switzerland, I very much doubt that would be the case in other countries where the donations are distributed. The term hyper-inflation springs to mind.

At Christmas, there is always an abundance of unwanted food and gifts that would otherwise be discarded and go to waste if they were not donated for charitable purposes.

In terms of logistics and the overall maximization of efficiencies, I think it makes perfect sense to have one central sorting and distribution centre in Bern as opposed to several units doing the same thing in various Swiss locations. Additionally, Swiss Post, transports the donated goods for free during the period of this initiative to the logistics center in Bern - see here.
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The "rather strange list of items" as you put it, is perhaps not so given that the Swiss Red Cross have carefully researched into what is needed - see here.

Per your comment that these items "could be bought locally for next to nothing". Whilst that may be for true for some items in Switzerland, I very much doubt that would be the case in other countries where the donations are distributed. The term hyper-inflation springs to mind.

At Christmas, there is always an abundance of unwanted food and gifts that would otherwise be discarded and go to waste if they were not donated for charitable purposes.

In terms of logistics and the overall maximization of efficiencies, I think it makes perfect sense to have one central sorting and distribution centre in Bern as opposed to several units doing the same thing in various Swiss locations. Additionally, Swiss Post, transports the donated goods for free during the period of this initiative to the logistics center in Bern - see here.
Not all of the items are sent abroad. Some of them are distributed to the needy in Switzerland. In this sense it is illogical for someone to purchase an item in, for example, Geneva for SwissPost to transport it to Bern and then have it sent to someone in need in Lausanne.

Even though SwissPost are donating their service free of charge this must incur costs that could perhaps be used more efficiently.

I am not opposed to the scheme. It has other benefits such as raising awareness and, as I said earlier, there are many people who would donate goods but not cash. The scheme may have its flaws but it is far better than doing nothing.
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Not all of the items are sent abroad. Some of them are distributed to the needy in Switzerland.
Solely for the purposes of clarification, I was more than well aware from the SRC website that the donations are distributed to needy parties both here and abroad.

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Re: 2X Christmas by Swiss Post

72,000 parcels were collected during the 14th 2 x Christmas campaign. The goods donated are distributed to needy people in Switzerland via the cantonal associations of the Swiss Red Cross. In collaboration with the national Red Cross associations, some are also distributed to families and social institutions in Moldavia, Romania, Belarus and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

2 x Christmas is a charitable campaign supported jointly by the Swiss Red Cross (SRC), SRG SSR and Swiss Post. Over the Christmas period, people donate food and day-to-day necessities. Swiss Post transports these free of charge to the SRC logistics centre in Wabern (Berne), where they are sorted and forwarded to those in need by Swiss Post employees and SRC volunteers.

The 15th 2 x Christmas will take place between 24 December 2011 and 7 January 2012.

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75,000 parcels for 2 x Christmas
75,000 parcels were collected during the 15th 2 x Christmas campaign. The goods donated are distributed to needy people in Switzerland via the cantonal associations of the Swiss Red Cross. In collaboration with the national Red Cross associations, some are also distributed to families and social institutions in Moldavia, Romania, Belarus and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

2 x Christmas is a charitable campaign supported jointly by the Swiss Red Cross (SRC), SRG SSR and Swiss Post. Over the Christmas period, people donate food and day-to-day necessities. Swiss Post transports these free of charge to the SRC logistics centre in Wabern (Berne), where they are sorted and forwarded to those in need by Swiss Post employees and SRC volunteers.

The 16th 2 x Christmas will take place between 24 December 2012 and 12 January 2013.

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