STRUCTURING DANUBE ANTI-POVERTY SOCIETY FOUNDATION (DSZET)
Following the registration of the Foundation, on the 7th of February of 2019, the Directors’ of DSZET established contact with the executive body of the Township of Szederkény, birthplace of the Late Petz János (John) to make known to them, the Charity and its objectives. Following this, a very positive meeting took place and resulted in the signing of a Cooperation Agreement between Danube Anti-Poverty Society Foundation and Mayor of the Township of Szederkény.
Ms. Rott Ottoné (referred to as Magdi) part of the town’s administrative team, also a social worker by profession, offered to locally represent the Charity. An office space in the Town Hall building was generously put to the disposal to the Foundation where Magdi could meet the future beneficiaries for the purpose of assessing their specific needs.
During their visit to Szederkény, the Directors acquainted themselves with the towns infrastructures and distribute urgent financial assistance to a few needy seniors who were referred to them by the Town’s Mayor.
The Foundation’s charitable activities had to be temporarily suspended while the financial structures of DSZET were put in place allowing it to be operational.
INFORMING THE LOCAL POPULATON OF THE EXISTANCE OF THE CHARITY
The Town’s Herald and the local newspaper published an article on Danube Anti-Poverty Society Foundation and its mission which is to assist the needy seniors of Szederkény who now had the possibility to reach out for help.
The municipality’s website also posted an article on the newly registered Foundation, how it came about and what its objectives were.
With the help of DSZET’s local representative Magdi, the town’s needy seniors were identified according to the Foundation’s objectives in compliance with the Late John Petz’s Last Will and Testament.
Information was gathered as to the needs of the newly identified seniors which were mainly centered around foodstuffs, medication, sanitary products, firewood, household appliances and minor repairs within their dwellings.
The apport of the Charity led us to late Fall 2020 when DSZET was in a financial position to start actively distributing donations to the identified beneficiaries of the Foundation.
DSZET’s first major charitable activity was to organize and to distribute Christmas food basket full of goodies to each of the Beneficiaries. The baskets were delivered personally to each senior a few days prior to the Christmas holidays. Tears of joy were shed at the sight of such kindness allowing plenty of healthy food to ornated the needy seniors’ dining room tables for the Holiday season.
With the surge of the Covid-19 virus in the first months of 2021, the beneficiaries received C and D vitamins in order to enhance their immune system against this infectious disease.
It was made part of the yearly agenda, that the Directors along with Magdi, the Charity’s local representative, visit each senior to congratulate them on their birthday and present them with a cash gift placed in a birthday greeting card. Remembering the beneficiaries on their Birthday is a special moment for them, giving them the opportunity to share with the Charity’s directors their everyday joys and sorrows and also making known their specific needs. Such personal contact is heartwarming and quality time for these seniors who are more often than not on their own.
Through 2021 the beneficiaries were donated medication, physiotherapy treatments, sanitary products, food and household equipment as needed by each beneficiary.
Lovely food baskets full of Easter goodies to ornate the feisty tables of the needy seniors were distributed in the month of March 2021 for Easter.
Once again, in December of 2021, the beneficiaries were donated lovely Christmas food packages filled with healthy foods and Christmas sweets.
The Foundation continuously monitors the needs of the elderly residents of Szederkény and assisting new beneficiaries in need of help.
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