REM spearheaded a hugely successful toy drive in 2014 for children with special needs in Kosova. Every year, REM hosts a lavish Christmas party for their clients, friends and family. This year, REM asked that in lieu of gifts, guests arrive with new, unwrapped toys to be donated and shipped to Kosova. Through REM’s vast network and large social media presence, word spread and the donations started pouring in. People streamed into the office on a daily basis with loads of toys. Deliveries were continuing well past Christmas so it was decided that the toy drive would be extended into the new year. This also gave them time t find a charitable organization they deemed fit for their purpose and mission.
In time, they had the privilege of meeting Don Fatmir Koliqi from Kosova and with his help, made arrangements with Caritas Kosova to ship and distribute the toys. In an auspicious twist of fate, the donations were shipped to a refugee camp in Ferizaj, the very city where Rick Elezi was born 50 years prior.
REM collected 17 large boxes of toys in total and Caritas was kind enough to send us picture of the happy children. A very rewarding effort for sure.