Monday, June 24, 2024

Christmas: Progetto Arca, street dinners for homeless people in Milan and gift of power bank batteries


(Photo: Daniele Lazzaretto for Project Arca)

Seven hundred traveling dinners with a special party menu distributed in the street in a week (140 dinners a day for 5 nights) and 500 gift packages delivered to homeless women and men containing power banks, as well as waterproof ponchos and sleeping bags from colors. This is Progetto Arca Christmas in the street of Milan, a party that will last the entire week of December 25 so that those who are alone and without shelter can experience the flavor and warmth of the moments of conviviality that are lived in homes. during the holidays. .
And also in Varese, Turin, Rome and Naples, which are the cities together with Milan where Progetto Arca is present with its street units, rich gifts will be distributed on the street, for a total of 1,500 power banks, a very useful tool in the street of a survey of volunteers: in fact, at night the cold runs the risk of quickly discharging the mobile phone and these external batteries are an indispensable source of energy so as not to leave isolated people who are already alone.
Special itinerant dinners will be offered in Milan throughout the week before Christmas thanks to Progetto Arca’s mobile units, active every night in different areas of the city and supported by the mobile kitchen. In fact, the foodtruck has been bringing 140 hot meals to Milan every night for more than a year, 5 days a week, thanks to the provision of ovens and kettles on board.
Operators and volunteers also celebrate in the reception facilities with guests, of all ages and nationalities, with decorated rooms and panettone every day.
Traditional festive sweets also complete this month’s food packs for families with financial difficulties, for which Progetto Arca has also organized a special moment dedicated to the little ones. La Bottega solidale di Rozzano is transformed into the house of Santa Claus who gives a gift to put under the tree to all the girls and boys of the families assisted by Progetto Arca and who are part of the “Cuore Visconteo” support project. Thanks to donors to the foundation, many games and books have been collected: in total, more than 100 special gifts for children of all ages.
“Home and work are the pillars on which life is sustained, and they are also the priority objectives that at Progetto Arca we pursue every day in our concrete help to the fragile people we assist. But this support begins with that even more immediate, urgent, daily help that is food – says Alberto Sinigallia, president of Fondazione Progetto Arca -. Hot meals and gifts for those who do not have a residence and are welcome in our facilities or we attend on the street, and shopping bags to meet the food needs of large families or lonely people who struggle to make ends meet, without forgetting the games and gifts for the little ones. I feel that our presence with all of them is even more important in these holidays and my wish of a Merry Christmas goes to all of them and then to the operators, volunteers and donors thanks to which Progetto Arca can give a little comfort and warmth where there is the greatest need. “

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