Charity Calendar – December 29, 2020

  • 15 December 2020
  • Barbora Košecová
Charity Calendar – December 29, 2020

Our colleagues from CCC Paris chose to support a much respected and well-known non-profit organization in this year’s Charity Calendar.

The “Restaurants du Cœur” (Restaurants of the Heart), commonly and familiarly known as “Restos du Cœur”, is a French charity whose main activity is to distribute food packages and hot meals to those in need.

They do not only target homeless people but also all those with a low income (single families, seniors with a low pension, young adults …). It’s an alarming fact that there are more and more young people among those needing help: last year, 39% of all the people helped by “Restos du Cœur” were minors.

Popular comedian and actor Coluche launched the idea in September 1985. In his own words: “I have a little idea … if there are people who would be interested in sponsoring a free soup kitchen, we’d start first in Paris and then spread to France’s big cities.” And his idea soon became reality – the first “Resto du Cœur” opened in December and soon multiplied all over the country. The goal of the founders was to give away 2,000 to 3,000 meals per day – but 8.5 million were distributed in the first winter alone!

Today, the needs of the poor are still there and 73,000 volunteers are mobilized all year round to meet them within their 1,915 centres. During the last campaign (2019-2020), 136.5 million meals were distributed by the organization to 875,000 people in need.

To meet the diversity of needs, the organization extended their efforts also to other sectors to help people with their social and economic integration – the list of their activities is very long, ranging from emergency accommodation, microcredits or supporting with job search to educational workshops and the fight against illiteracy.

With the current pandemic situation, numbers of poor people increase and need for help is becoming even more urgent. To offer some help in the fight against the poverty, CCC contributes 2,000 EUR to “Restos du Cœur”. If you would also like to donate to support this good cause, click here: http://bit.ly/2WncrJL.