Denmark triples Christmas charity aid to help with price increases

A charity fund distributed by organisations to vulnerable families at Christmas has been tripled by the Danish government in response to high food prices.

Denmark triples Christmas charity aid to help with price increases
Christmas Aid in Denmark in 2021. This year's spending on Christmas charity for vulnerable families will be tripled, the government announced. Photo: Ólafur Steinar Rye Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

The fund for Christmas 2022 has been raised by the government, with the broad backing of parliament, from 5 million kroner to 15 million kroner, the Ministry for Social and Elderly Care said in a statement.

“Christmas can be difficult for families in a financial bind. With increasing prices this year, is can feel completely insurmountable to also find the money for a Christmas duck and presents,” the Minister for Social and Elderly Care, Astrid Krag, said in a statement.

“Christmas Aid is a targeted helping hand for vulnerable families who get the chance to give their children a Christmas like their classmates with a present under the tree and Christmas food that’s a bit better than normal,” she said.

“I am therefore very pleased that we can triple Christmas Aid so the many financially stretched families can also celebrate Christmas,” she said.

Danish NGOs including the Danish Red Cross, Mødrehjælpen and the Danish Salvation Army are responsible for distributing the money.

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Danish police go for walk with sleeping children in prams after kindergarten evacuation

Copenhagen Police have released a photo showing officers taking sleeping children for a walk in their prams after their kindergarten was evacuated due to a suspected gas leak.

Danish police go for walk with sleeping children in prams after kindergarten evacuation

Police in Copenhagen followed a parents’ golden rule on Tuesday when they took care not to wake sleeping children after evacuating their kindergarten.

The police and fire services in Copenhagen evacuated an integrated school, kindergarten and creche in the Frederiksberg district after a strong gas smell was detected in the vicinity.

At the time of the evacuation, some of the little ones from the creche (vuggestue) were taking their afternoon naps, resulting in an unusual task for law enforcement.

Several officers took sleeping children for a walk in their prams, police said on Twitter and posted a photo of the “pram patrol”.

Students from the school also accompanied officers on the walk to the nearby Frederiksberg Center shopping mall, according to the police tweet.

“Nobody was hurt but because this might nevertheless be a dramatic experience, our local police and Copenhagen Fire Department will this week visit both the school and kindergarten to follow up and talk to the children again,” police said in a second tweet.

The source of the leak was found to be a cable which was subsequently dug up to stop the leakage, broadcaster DR earlier reported.