Gifts for Romanian Orphans
January 2012 With its Christmastide drive for donations, ContiTech had hearts leaping for joy among children in Timişoara Romania.
In a pre-Christmas drive for donations, ContiTech employees at the Hanover site collected gifts for children living in institutional homes in Timişoara, Romania. More than 300 boxes full of presents, plus countless piles of bed linens and even a crate filled to the brim with Lego building blocks and a car racetrack were accumulated. As this flood of donations far exceeded what one orphanage alone required, the organizers decided summarily to pass some of the gifts collected onto other homes, children's hospitals and needy families. "The sparkle in the kids' eyes, the great joy and the hearty contact with one another, that was the most beautiful Christmas present," says Marc Nicolaudius, plant manager at the ContiTech Power Transmission Group in Timişoara. Together with many helpers, he distributed the donations the week before Christmas Eve.
In Romania there are many institutionalized children with no family connections at all any more, or families lacking money for presents. Mathias Schlingmeier – former plant manager of the ContiTech Power Transmission Group in Timişoara and today active in Industrial Engineering in Hanover – and his successor Marc Nicolaudius were of one mind in wanting to do something to make these kids happy. Together they then concocted the idea of the Christmastide charity. In view of the very resounding echo, the two agree: "We shall in any case repeat the drive next Christmas."