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PRECIOUS GIFT

PRECIOUS GIFT is one of the largest, most recognizable and effective social schemes in Poland. It was set up in 2001. It implements and develops a system of smart, personalised aid that is unique in the world, thanks to which material and mental support goes to concrete people and families in a difficult situation. Aid in the form of Christmas gifts made by donors responds to the actual needs of the recipients, is an impulse for change for them and motivates them to become independent and take responsibility for their lives.

In over 17 years of the GIFT's existence, the material support provided in this way to the needy has exceeded a quarter of a billion zlotys, and several million people have joined the scheme in various roles.

Our operations continue to grow
thanks to amazing people like you!

How we operate?

In Precious Gift, we inspire people to leave their well-known and safe environment and become heroes that change the world around them! How do we do that?

The PRECIOUS GIFT operates all year long and is funded from donations. Its strength comes from professionally trained volunteers: in 2017 alone, over 12,000 were involved in the scheme. It is them who travel all over Poland every year to look for real poverty. Acting locally, they obtain information about families in need.

Volunteers look for the abandoned and for those left on their own to make a better future for them. They reach them, personally visit them at home, listen to their stories, find out about living conditions and needs.
Only after such a meeting a decision is made to add a given family to the scheme. Such an detailed, individual verification of family status allows us to reach those who really need support and for whom it becomes an impulse for permanent improvement of their living condition. The PRECIOUS GIFT does not help the demanding poor. The essence of our work is SMART AID. Smart, meaning it helps people start coping on their own. This is aid that makes sense and actually changes the lives of concrete people. It is not about trying to help, but about helping.
With extensive knowledge about families, volunteers write their profiles, which then go into the databank on the PRECIOUS GIFT website. Every year in November this databank is made available (respecting privacy laws) and from that time on, everyone can read about the families, find out about their needs and decide who to help.
In 2017 alone, donors who decided to support the PRECIOUS GIFT families numbered over 700,000 in Poland, with 35 people on average helping each family. The aid amounting to nearly PLN 54 million prepared by donors went to over 20,000 families.
Aid for the needy is prepared by individual donors as well as by whole families, schools, groups of friends or colleagues. In this way, the PRECIOUS GIFT helps not only the poor, but also those who have something to share. It bring people together and gives them the opportunity to act together in a noble cause.
The culmination of the PRECIOUS GIFT operation is the second weekend of December. We call it the WEEKEND OF MIRACLES. Because miracles really happen then. The donors deliver their gifts with specific, tailored assistance to our warehouses, and from there the volunteers take them directly to the families. There are always plenty of feelings, tears of emotion and a sense that something unique is happening. During the WEEKEND OF MIRACLES, we really make history. Lots of histories.
Volunteers meet once again with families added to the scheme. Together, they define their most urgent needs - both material and intangible - and ask about their dreams. Such dreams are not crucial in the everyday life of the family, but very often they make people feel strong again, believe in their own abilities and find their sense of dignity.
WHO WE ARE?

The organiser of the PRECIOUS GIFT is the WIOSNA Association, a non-profit organisation based in Krakow. Rev. father Jacek WIOSNA Stryczek is the originator of the scheme and president of the Association. The PRECIOUS GIFT was established in 2001, and the scale and range of its operation is systematically growing. During the first edition of the scheme, 30 families received support. In 2017, this number was 700 times higher.

The PRECIOUS GIFT is apolitical and connects people regardless of their views. Many well-known people who enjoy social recognition have been involved in its activities for many years. Pope Francis has blessed the GIFT, and the donors include the first Solidarity trade union leader, Lech Wałęsa, the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, the First Lady, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, former President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki.

We are also regularly supported by outstanding actors and athletes (including Robert Lewandowski, Kamil Stoch, the Real Madrid football team).

Not only the GIFT

The PRECIOUS GIFT is not the only social scheme organised by WIOSNA Association. We are also involved in promoting young artists (the ART NOW scheme), we support innovative business (THE SPIRITUALLY - BRILLIANTLY – GLOBALLY CONGRESS), and our second most recognisable scheme, apart from the PRECIOUS GIFT, is the ACADEMY OF THE FUTURE

Yes, you can (help)

Since 2016 people living abroad have had the opportunity to support our organisation. If you want to help, just visit our website springfoundation.org.

The Spring Foundation, a US-based non-profit organisation, is aimed at improving the lives of underprivileged children and families in Poland. We bring together motivated volunteers and generous donors with those who need it the most – families and children in poverty. Through our partnership with WIOSNA Association in Poland, we apply a proved approach to provide assistance with long-term results. The Spring Foundation is based in Chicago. Our activities fall into one of two categories: Awareness Building and Fundraising. The funds we raise support Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA by funding both of their schemes, Szlachetna Paczka (Precious Gift) and Akademia Przyszlosci (Academy of the Future).

If you want to help by supporting our organisation, there are several options:

Support us – by regularly supporting our activities, you allow us to expand and contribute to smart and direct aid impacting the lives of thousands of people by giving them a chance for a better future.

Donate – this way we can target more people in need, involve and train even more volunteers to introduce real change in their communities

For financial aid or support, please use the following bank information:

SWIFT: RCBWPLPW
Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A.
ul. Piękna 20, 00-549 Warszawa
IBAN: PL 21 1750 0012 0000 0000 2060 1264

Together we can achieve more!
Let’s change the world to the better place!