A different kind of Christmas tree was erected in the courtyard in front of the University of Athens this year.
Made up of various food products donated by generous Athenians, the items used to create this festive tree will be handed out to those in need.
Erected for the eight consecutive year “Doctors of the World” the tree is adorned with tins of milk and packages of rice, beans, sugar, olive oil and other canned food products that citizens of the city donated.
The tree has a short life span. It adorns the yard of the historic building of the Athens University for just one day each year but serves major mission to ease hunger and poverty amongst the city’s less fortunate.
The initiative was launched in 2010, after a young patient in one of the clinics run by Doctors of the World asked whether Santa Claus brings milk as a present.”
The first year the “milk tree” was set up, the organization counted 5,000 cans.
In coming years, as more and more people heard about the initiative, the “Doctors of the World” collected on an average more than 55,000 cans of milk and more than four tons of other food products.
With the support of thousands of citizens who stopped by the university’s yard to donate food products and build the festive tree, Doctors of the World’s goal was that nobody would be left without a basic meal during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
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