Hundreds of children in Malta could remain waiting for their gifts this Christmas after over 750 promised gifts via the Children’s Dreams charity were not delivered by the deadline.
However, a Maltese taxi company, eCabs, has said that they will offer logistical help to the charitable initiative by delivering any donated gifts to the charity’s headquarters, easing the burden on anyone who wants to donate.
“Whoever wants to donate their presents can bring them to the eCabs head office, and we will deliver them to the depot in Ħal-Farrug,” eCabs founder Matthew Bezzina told Lovin Malta.
“Our aim is that by the 25th of December all the kids who were going to get their presents will get their presents,” he continued.
Hundreds of gifts were not delivered to the Children’s Dreams location by the deadline this weekend, forcing the charity to extend it’s deadline in the hopes that the people who pledged the gifts will deliver.
However, with limited time before the deadline ends, eCabs has offered to handle distribution.
“The problem with pledges is that the more time that passes, the higher the propensity that the pledges won’t be collected, so we want to use our experience and expertise to collect these pledges and decrease the chances of losing these pledges,” Matthew said.
eCabs will also be handling the logistics for this year’s L-Istrina, after successfully collaborating with them on last year’s massive event. “Just as we are taking care of logistics for L-Istrina, we can help Children’s Dreams,” Matthew said.
“Last year we had 30 drivers who collected 700 pledges, and this year we are upping the number of drivers to 40,” he said.
“We are already planning and locating drivers for Boxing day – our aim is to collect more than last year and use our logistical experience to make the most and best most efficient use of our vehicles,” he said.
If you would like to help Children’s Dreams give Maltese children a better Christmas, head to www.childrendreams.org where they will be re-uploading the undelivered gifts on Tuesday.
You can also send a donation at: Appogg Children’s Dreams(HSBC): 023 175730 005
Your details will only be provided to the social worker who would then get in touch with you by email or telephone. Confidentiality will be respected to protect all persons concerned. The gift is to be taken to the Children’s Dreams Office, Hal Farrug, Luqa. Then Social Workers will be passing the gift to the parents/carers of the child to be given at Christmas.