Refugees Welcome: the power of the coloring pencil

Coming together in giving the gift of color and creativity. Photo from

The non-profit community organization Initiative Aktives Gestalten has come up with Stifte, an effort “to give people in refugee camps the possibility to diversify their time, to handle the hardships they are going through now and experienced before, not knowing what tomorrow will be.” The concept is simple, but the result can make a big difference in someone’s days, by giving them an outlet for creative expression. “For sure you know about the comforting effect of drawing, doodling and writing. We’re collecting crayons, ballpoint pens, pencils, paper (different sheet sizes), coloring books for children and adults as well as erasers and sharpeners.”

And here’s where you come in – if you have spare materials the people living in local refugee camps could use to write or draw, or if you want to buy new, Stifte would very much appreciate your donation. They are asking that you drop off the materials by December 18th, 2015, at one of the following locations:

Stadtteilladen Leipzig Westen, Karl Heine Straße 54, 04229 Leipzig: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am.-4 pm., Wednesday from 10 am-6 pm.

Kostbar Naturkost, Karl Heine Straße 77, 04229 Leipzig: Monday–Friday, from 10 am–7 pm.

sedruck Copyshop, Beethovenstraße 23, 04107 Leipzig: Monday–Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am-4 pm.

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