Traditionally, SIXT employees visit hospitals and institutions on behalf of the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation during the Christmas season to bring joy to children who are unable to celebrate with their families. The Christmas visits again took place in seven cities in Germany in 2021. Thanks to generous sponsors, supporters and the great willingness of companies and private individuals to donate, we are very pleased that we were once again able to brighten up the festive season for numerous children. There were numerous gifts and many surprises for the children.
In line with Corona, the handover mostly took place at the entrances of the hospitals and even though all the helpers provided extremely motivated support, the anticipation is great to hopefully be able to visit the children in person again during the next Christmas visits. Nevertheless, it was important to us to let the very popular Christmas visits take place. Thus, SIXT employees together with Father Christmas were welcomed by the friendly institutional staff at the Munich hospitals Großhadern, Children's Hospital Schwabing, the Heart Centre and our long-standing partner institutions of the Foundation the Ronald McDonald Houses in Großadern and at the Heart Centre, who passed on the presents to the children. The little ones were especially happy about the crayons from Farber-Castell. In Frankfurt, Erfurt, Erlangen, Cologne and Stuttgart, SIXT employees were also on the road as busy Christmas angels and lovingly wrapped presents and handed them over to doctors and ward staff. Some of the gifts were also placed under beautifully decorated Christmas trees as a surprise for the children. SIXT employees in Berlin not only collected and wrapped presents for children at the Sana Clinic in Lichtenberg and the Charité, but also for the Arche Berlin.
More and more SIXT countries are taking up the tradition of Christmas visits on behalf of the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation and we are delighted about the commitment. In Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain and the USA, gifts were diligently wrapped and delivered to local hospitals and facilities for children. They were very happy about the surprise and welcome change.
In the Netherlands, SIXT Benelux employees wrapped gifts for children from refugee families. Most of the families arrived with only a few belongings, so it was a great joy for all the children to receive so many gifts.
Santa Claus came to visit the Spanish Fundación Mater together with several SIXT angels. They not only had presents in their luggage, but also enough time to give the children a nice day. Unfortunately, employees in Mexico did not have the opportunity to personally visit the children in the "Ministerios de Amor" children's home, but they did bring stockings to paint along with pens and sweets to fill with them. So the children had a nice afternoon in the community and were able to decorate the home for Christmas.
Over 1,800 children worldwide received presents during the Christmas visits in 2021 and we are happy that more and more SIXT employees are joining us support. We would like to thank all employees involved for this commitment.