150 years of serving humanity
Twice Christmas

Since 1997, the Swiss Red Cross has been implementing the “Twice Christmas” program. Residents of Switzerland are invited to bring gifts to the Swiss Red Cross during the winter holidays. It can be food, clothing, shoes, hygiene products, toys, stationery and other.
In January SRC staff and volunteers begin to check, divide and pack the food and other things collected. Half of the items is distributed among the Swiss citizens who are most in needthrough the SRC branches, another half is distributed through the SRC partners,other national Red Cross societies. Belarus is a permanent SRC partner and recipient of assistance, annually 3–4 trucks with 60-85 tons of parcels arrive in Bearus in the frames of the project. Further distribution of parcels in the countryis provided by the Belarusian Red Cross Society, while the Swiss Red Cross pays for the transportation to the final recipients. As a rule, parcels are delivered to recipients in September and October.

Who For whom
Executive body – Belarusian Red Cross Society; partners – the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, district and regional Executive Committees – are involved in determining the recipients of aid.

The most vulnerable persons and people who are most in need.

Where When
All regions of Belarus, on a rotating basis.
Annually in May–November in 2006-2017.


kg of gifts and humanitarian aid were distributed to about 15,000 recipients in 2016.



Aid recipients are determined together with the Territorial Centers for Social Welfare, health care institutions and local Executive Committees. The target group consists of elderly people living alone and persons with disabilities, large families and single-parent families, low-income families, ex-prisoners, as well as people who find themselves in a difficult situation.

Aid distribution is arranged according to the needs of people. Thus, large and single-parent families receive food, baby food, toys, clothes, shoes, bedding and stationery. Elderly people and persons with disabilities require food in the first place. The Red Cross staff and volunteers deliver them the humanitarian aid, as well as provide social and psychological support because sometimes lonely people and those who are in trouble just want to talk.