Everybody who wants to help can find a way
Košice, December 1, 2016 – The Christmas Charity Hut of U. S. Steel Košice has been a part of the Christmas Market on Hlavná Street for eleven years. From December 5th to 22nd the steelmaking company will be giving an opportunity to eighteen non-profit organizations to present their activities to the general public, and assisting with public fund-raising towards their further development. The organizations involved will be local foster homes, civic associations for disabled children and adults, as well as medical and educational institutions. A unique story stands behind each of these bodies, as well as hundreds of hours worked and hundreds of children or adults who have got help. All these organizations will appreciate the interest and support of Košice residents and visitors. The hut will be open every day from 10 am till 8 pm, staffed by volunteers - Company employees and scholarship holders.
For a long-time U. S. Steel Košice has also paid special attention to foster homes in Eastern Slovakia. Steelmakers are helping again to fulfil children’s desires through the Wishing Trees, which have been located within the Company premises in this pre-Christmas time. They have taken 140 cards with children’s wishes and bought presents for the children in St. Klement Hofbauer Foster Home in Podolínec and Uralská Street Foster Home in Košice, as well as for young adults in the Halfway Houses in Košice and Prešov. The dreams of children in steelmakers’ families experiencing difficult circumstances have also been fulfilled. The Company and the employees’ colleagues express their solidarity through the We Are With You At The Right Time project. Apart from the gifts and financial help amounting to 39 000 euros, the recipients mainly appreciate the interest in their lives and the experiences from many corporate events which they are invited to enjoy during the whole year, and which also help them to cope in hard times.
The fund-raising for some local health-care institutions during the pre-Christmas period has become another traditional charity activity of the Košice steelmakers. This time they are helping to get quality positionable electrical beds for small patients at the Department of Child Oncology and Hematology at the University Children’s Hospital. During the last few years the steelmakers have collected tens of thousands of euros for new ultrasound equipment, improving diagnostics and treatment of sick children, or special equipment for the Louis Pasteur University Hospital, the East Slovakian Institute for Cardio-vascular Diseases, the East Slovakian Oncology Institute and other health-care institutions in Košice. A symbolic check with the collected sum will be presented to the Children’s Hospital by an employee representative at the Christmas Charity Concert, where the charity activities of U. S. Steel Košice usually culminate every year. The concert, at which Filip Tůma, Lina Mayer, La Gioia and Peter Bič Project will be among the performing artists, will be held on December 9th, 2016 in the Košice State Theatre and highlights of the concert will also be broadcast by RTVS on December 18th at 5.30 pm on Channel 2. The steelmakers will also donate the proceeds from ticket sales to the Svetielko pomoci (Little Helping Light) non-profit organization, which provides free services to families with small oncology patients in the Košice and Prešov regions.
“These Christmas charity activities are an expression of the responsible attitude of our company and employees to the region where we work and live. We are not able to solve all problems, but together with many other good people we can improve the life around us and help those who have to face more obstacles than others. Every helping hand is welcome and everybody who wants to help can find a way,” says U. S. Steel Košice President Scott Buckiso.
For further information contact:
Ján Bača, Spokesman
U. S. Steel Košice
Tel.: +421 55 673 4476
Fax: +421 55 673 0330
Everybody can join us in helping the following organizations in the Christmas Hut on Hlavná Street from December 5 to December 22, 2016, 10AM-8PM
December 5, 2016 St. Klement Hofbauer Foster Home in Podolínec
December 6, 2016 The Chance, Non-profit organization, Košice
December 7, 2016 Re-education Centre, Bankov, Košice
December 8, 2016 ArtEst – Esthetic Education of Disabled Youth, Košice
December 9, 2016 Forrest Gump Club, Košice
December 10, 2016 Association of Mutual Help of People and Dogs, Košice
December 11, 2016 Technical University of Košice
December 12, 2016 Psychosocial Center, Löfflerova St., Košice
December 13, 2016 Slovak Union for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Košice branch
December 14, 2016 Happiness - Association of Relatives & Friends in Košice
December 15, 2016 League Against Cancer, Košice branch
December 16, 2016 Uralská Street Foster Home, Košice
December 17, 2016 Smile At Me Civic Association, Košice
December 18, 2016 Rubikon Autistic Centre, Košice
December 19, 2016 Archdiocesan Charity Košice
December 20, 2016 Regina Social House, Kráľovce
December 21, 2016 ETP Slovakia - Centre for Sustainable Development, Košice
December 22, 2016 Elementary Arts School – Painting Section, Kováčska St., Košice