A Small Token of Joy – Aura Ion Foundation

Most of us never know how fortunate we really are. We do not know if we’re missing something, have no idea how other people are living, we usually take things for granted.

But there are a lot of people, especially kids, that have never played with a toy. Or do not know how Santa Claus looks like. They have never seen a movie, enjoyed a good book or tasted good food. It’s not their fault, it’s the circumstances that surround them.

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Who in their right mind can give birth to a child and then send him/her to a shelter? Who? Forgive me but I just don’t get it. Unfortunately, these things happen and there’s nothing we can do to change that. But we can do something about it. We can make their life a little bit better around the holidays.

I am proud to say that the travel agency is doing great and it’s becoming more and more popular. And it kills me to know that kids that are less fortunate than me cannot even enjoy a piece of candy. That’s why, Finding Romania is stepping up, offering a helping hand to those in need. Because we can and we want to.

Now, of course couldn’t have done it ourselves. We had help from a charity foundation called Aura Ion. Who was Aura Ion? “She was a medical student that sadly lost her life on the 21st January 2014 in a tragic plane crash over the Romanian Western Carpathians Mountains. From a young age, Aura was a creative, bright and determined girl who aspired to become a doctor. The Aura Ion Foundation was founded by Mariana, sister of Aura Ion, in the hope that we can guide and inspire others by continuing Aura’s prominent legacy for volunteering and caring of others.”

I got in touch with them through a friend and asked…how can we help? Turns out that the kids from different foster homes had written letters to Santa; some of them wanted clothes, others wanted toys. So here’s what we did: with the help of our friends, we assembled a team, in order to purchase the gifts that they wanted. After that, we wrapped them up nicely,and sent them to the foundation. The big day was today, December 22nd, when the kids would meet Santa Claus and open their presents.

A Christmas Party was organized with all the bells and whistles (catering service, entertainers, live performances, presents and of course, dear ol’ Santa). I cannot express the joy in those children’s eyes, from the moment they arrived till the moment they left. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so instead of telling you how the whole event went down, check out the gallery above and the video below.

Let’s not forget, we are human beings, we care about each other, we are kind and thoughtful. That’s what separates us from the animals. Sometimes, a simple smile can light up a person’s face. A piece of candy or a toy can bring joy to a child like never before. I am so happy that we got to do this, and we will certainly do it again, in the future.

From me and the rest of Finding Romania, have a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year. See you all in 2016!

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Our guide was excellent and our experience was well thought out, fun, and informative. Highly recommend if you are in Bucharest.

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