The real Santa Claus, who has chosen to take up residence at the salad bar "Mano guru", invites you to visit the fair organised by the Lithuanian Social Business Association.
He tells us that it is no coincidence that he chose this social business restaurant for his residence, as it has a meaningful social mission - employing people who have been released from prisons or social exclusion. This year, Santa's work also includes a number of meaningful activities.
Not only will children from orphanages be invited to Santa's residence, but Santa and his elves will also interact with Ukrainian children.
Guests visiting the Christmas residence will not only have the opportunity to walk around festive Vilnius and chat with Santa Claus but also to work with the elves to make "šildukai" (warmers) and trench candles for Ukrainian fighters.
At the end of the festive season, on 7 January next year, all the candles will be packed into a car, driven by Santa himself and delivered to the defenders of Kharkiv.
And at the Social Business Fair, you can buy not only a stay at Santa's residence but also many other lovely and really meaningful gifts. Visitors will find handmade souvenirs, candles, ceramics, Christmas toys, T-shirts and sweatshirts, reusable drinks and cups, organic tea sets, sweets, board games, gift vouchers for education, etc.
All the social entrepreneurs participating in the fair emphasise the core principles of social business: sustainability, eco-friendliness and natural materials. And above all, social and environmental missions.
For each gift, you will also find information about the producers: most of the gifts are made by people with disabilities and marginalised citizens working in social workshops and by communities or social businesses selling organic and sustainable products.
Viktorija Bražiūnaitė, Head of the Lithuanian Social Business Association, notes that in these difficult times when people and businesses are looking at the future with anxiety, we want to show how much kindness there is in our neighbourhood and to give people the opportunity to contribute to it. By coming together and helping each other, we strengthen the hope that all will be well.
"The virtual Christmas market on the Association's website will be a great platform for everyone to find a Christmas present for their loved ones, which is much more meaningful because it may have been made or created by a person with special needs who is happy to work and be needed by society. These are gifts with meaning, the profits from which will contribute to solving problems that affect us all," says V. Bražiūnaitė.
So please visit the virtual Social Business Christmas Fair '22 to find meaningful gifts that give back to people and nature.