This is where the idea to collect letters from kids and deliver them in a military convoy was born. Where would these letters be safer than in a soldier’s hands?
"The next thought was: Why should only one ward benefit if we can reach out to other paediatric oncology and haematology wards," said Agaś. In this way, they collected more than 1,000 letters from several hospitals across Poland. "Some hospitals sent them by mail; we visited other hospitals in person to meet with their management and children. At the same time, we were in contact with Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi in Lapland and we created a fan-page on Facebook for the initiative," added Chlebowski.
The fan-page also documented their journey to the very north Finland, as Lapland's capital, Rovamieni, is located 800 km north from Helsinki. Often referred to as the true embodiment of a winter wonderland, this region is as beautiful as it is unforgiving – with a harsh continental climate and temperatures averaging -12°C, in extreme cases plummeting as low as -45°C. The hearts were warm, however, when Santa Claus received the letters from Poland. Most importantly, Agaś and Chlebowski didn't come back to Szczecin empty-handed. Rovamieni's first citizen had already prepared Christmas gifts for those hoping for them on the other side of the Baltic.