Who are we?
We rely on corporate donations by the business and by food and beverage producers contributing to supply the necessary foodstuffs for the holiday boxes Holiday Heroes delivers to the needy.
The mind behind this initiative is Michael Straumietis, who is the owner of Advanced Nutrients – the largest company for hydroponic supplements and fertilizers worldwide. Seven years ago, when he began doing business in Bulgaria, he realized that corporate charity was underdeveloped, and even if he wanted to donate to those in need, he had no way of doing so.
This is how Holiday Heroes began. The association already carried out three campaigns, as a result of which in the past two years several thousand Bulgarians had the chance to experience happier Christmas and Easter holidays.
What is ‘door-to-door charity’?
The idea of our cause is to bring hope to Bulgarians in need and help them have decent and happy holidays. This involves a difficult process of ensuring donors of foodstuffs and money, as well as volunteers for the campaign to sort and pack the products and come up with new ideas in support of our cause. The very delivery of the holiday boxes to the home of each and every person in need also requires serious commitment.
‘Door-to-door’ means that our charity initiative was not meant to put our offices on display or make us popular – we do it just to see the smiling faces of our fellow Bulgarians when they receive a small gift to make their day better.
What we offer now are boxes full of food and drinks for the holidays, but we’d like to be able to help not just on holidays.
To succeed, we need the aid of all who feel responsible to support people in need.
We deliver holiday boxes with food to families around Bulgaria in all places where we have delivery volunteers registered and transportation means available. We will not be able to make deliveries to places with no transport ensured, irrespective of the number of local families registered on the list of beneficiaries.
The following may be grounds to cancel a scheduled delivery:
- We will not be able to make deliveries to places with no transport ensured, irrespective of the number of local families registered on the list of beneficiaries.
- If a delivery volunteer was not granted access to the beneficiaries’ home. In case a volunteer finds circumstances which give rise to suspicion of possible fraud, he/she may decide to cancel the respective delivery.
- No family member/representative was found at the registered home address at the agreed delivery time.
- The phone number for the family was non-operational, with restricted incoming calls, or no one answered the phone or returned the call within the same day.
Who takes part in Holiday Heroes?
Our celebrities are another important part of Holiday Heroes. They are athletes, performers, prominent figures who have accomplished a lot and enjoy the support of the Bulgarian public. They gathered to deliver in person our gift packages, each containing delightful festive dinner foodstuffs.
Many sponsors and food producers also contributed to organizing our campaigns. Without their help, this wonderful holiday initiative would not have been possible!
How can you help?
What is best is that as a volunteer you will be actively involved in everything we do. Transparency is at the core of our cause, and you will be able to see this for yourself and witness all that takes place in the course of the campaign.
Bulgarian celebrities also work side by side with us, sorting, packing and delivering holiday boxes door-to-door.
There is nothing worthier than actually helping people in need have a little warmth, some positive feeling and, above all – new hope for a better future!