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December 15, 2014 Vol. 11, No.40

"Deep listening from the heart is one half of true communication. Speaking from the heart is the other half."
-- Sara Paddison

THE SCHOOL OF MYSIADLO NEVER FORGETS

The wonderful parents and students at the Mysiadlo School of Warsaw have once again collected presents for our PromiseLand children. This year, the Santa from Mysiadlo will arrive at the Oparzno school, just before the kids head home for Christmas break.

A special thanks to a very special friend of our PromiseKids, Michalina Gajewska, wife of our own Discipline Media President, Peter, who organized the Christmas gift collection. Can't wait to see the beaming faces of our PromiseKids when they receive their gifts. Thank you so much Michalina and all our friends at the Mysiadlo School! You are the best!

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

The excitement was overwhelming as our MoveOne truck arrived in the PromiseLand last week, full of Christmas boxes and goodies from the British School of Warsaw for our PromiseKids at the Lekowo School. On Wednesday morning, Meg and Basia set out on their annual Christmas trip to play Santa and deliver all the presents.

As in the past, this year's "Christmas Giving Tree" was organized for 115 Lekowo Primary Kids, by our very generous and caring members of the Parent & Teacher Association (PTA) at the British School in Warsaw.

A special thanks goes to Anne Martin, Barbara Sypytkowska - Williams and Anna Butruk - Sidor, who collected the money and purchased all these outstanding gifts.

None of this could have happened without the support of MoveOne Moving Company.

We thank Manager,Piotr Piekarowicz and their irreplaceable driver,and our friend, Bartek Rajewski (below).

We hope you enjoy the photos of the PromiseLand at Christmas time, and our special Christmas Greetings to you and yours this Christmas season.

SANTA DAY WITH KFC!

Thanks to the generosity of the Western District KFC managers, 25 of our PromiseKids from Nielep School celebrated Santa Day in Szczecin on December 11th. The kids had an unforgettable time at the Galaxy Shopping Mall.

They first visited the Multikino Theater and saw the celebrated movie "Big Hero 6." It was the first time these small kids had ever been in a movie theater or a shopping mall for that matter. They stuffed themselves with popcorn and soft drinks and thoroughly enjoyed the total experience. The KFC Managers treated our little kids like they were real VIPs.

Lunch was served at the KFC sister restaurant, Pizza Hut. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the culinary delights of pizza, french fries, and ice cream.

And then, the highlight of the day - a visit from Santa's helpers - Snow girls bearing gifts from their super KFC hosts.

As a final surprise, each child received a carry-out bucket of KFC chicken wings to take home to their families.

The kids returned home exhausted, but they will never forget this incredible Santa day!

The Santa Trip was the idea of Bartek Szuas, District Coach of KFC West, and Wojciech Zapałacz's, Area Coach of KFC West. We thank the following KFC Managers for making this trip a reality:

Bartek SzuasDistrict Coach KFC West
Wojtek ZapałaczArea Coach, Szczecin
Adriana KrzosKierownik restauracji KFC MIC MAC
Marlena LizutKierownik restauracji KFC KASKADA
Agnieszka JakubekKierownik restauracji KFC RYGA
Daniel SimińskiKierownik restauracji KFC CASINO
Mariusz PentelaKierownik restauracji KFC RODŁA
Agnieszka PisarekKierownik restauracji KFC S3 Stare Brynki
Agnieszka SłobodaKierownik restauracji KFC MAKRO
Alicja StachurskaKierownik restauracji KFC Kołbaskowo
Paweł StojekKierownik restauracji KFC STRUGA
Tomasz KapustaKierownik restauracji KFC GALAXY

LESS THAN HALF OF POLES USE CREDIT CARDS

Less than half of all Poles use credit cards. Only 37 percent of Poles have credit cards in their wallets, a report by the Kronenberg Foundation revealed. In the last few years, the number of cards has dropped sharply, as at the end of 2009, there were 10.9 million CCs in use. Today that number is 6.1 million. Even though the numbers have dropped, the Foundation estimates that the optimal number of cards in Poland is 12 million. According to our research, only 16 percent of respondents claim that they don't need such card, said Marcin Domagała, director at Citi Handlowy. According to the report, 33 percent of respondents who don't have a card, gave fear of hidden costs as a reason; 31 percent is afraid of high APR, while 25 percent is worried that having such a card would make them unable to control their expenditures. Two percent said that they don't know what a credit card is or how it works.

MOST POLES HAVE MOBILE PHONES

Some 88 percent of Poles of 15-years or more use a mobile phone, according to a report published by the Electronic Communications Office (UKE). Some 44 percent of them have a smartphone. Only 23 percent of Polish households have a land-line phone connected. At the same time, 58 percent of Poles use the internet. The average household pays PLN 53 per month for an internet connection and PLN 51 for a land-line connection.

POLISH FOOD INSPECTIONS

Food products imported from Poland will be subject to extra inspection in the Czech Republic, Polish Radio reported. The recently introduced regulation concerns products such as apples, meat, milk, cheese and fish.

The instruction issued by the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority strictly names Polish food as requiring more quality inspection that other produce. Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki called the situation a good advertising campaign for Polish food.

Nevertheless, he plans to inform the European Commission of the practice. He also encouraged Polish food producers to take legal action to protect their rights on the Czech market. Later on Monday, the Czech inspectorate said that such an instruction was in force for several months, in order to counteract the possible inflow of food banned by Russian that would not meet EU standards.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR PROMISEKIDS

Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute.

DATES TO REMEMBER

February 9, 2015- FCSR Annual Dinner Dance, 18:30, Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom. Tickets on sale now. PLN 2400 per table of ten. Contact Natalie at FCSR Warsaw office for details.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Make somebody happy today, and mind your own business."

-- Ann Landers

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