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Knauer employees have used their annual “Social Day” to work with the Berlin City Mission and support the city’s homeless.
Knauer employees have used their annual “Social Day” to work with the Berlin City Mission and support the city’s homeless. Armed with a check worth €1700 raised to financially support the institution and a large amount of clothing, the Knauer employees undertook a range of activities to support those living on the streets of the German capital during the cold winter season.
“As a City Mission, we emphasize the importance of meeting the needy at eye level and with respect. We are happy about any support for our work,” said Ute Rastert, Berlin City Mission.
Clothing donations were the focus for the Knauer employees as they continued their charity work at the “Textile Harbour” where they learned about the Berlin City Mission’s work first hand. In the “Textile Harbour“, the clothing donations for the needy are sorted and processed. It is here that they determine which textiles can be sold as second-hand goods for money, which can be used directly for, and which can be recycled or upcycled.
The group were involved in the recycling of textiles that can no longer be used directly. For example, upcycling old T-shirts into practical bags or potholders that can then be used again and sold by the Berlin City Mission.
“Homeless people often stay below radar level in everyday life. I learned a few new things there-including how to support those who work directly with homeless people on a daily basis,” said Corinna Johannisson, Knauer.