The Netherlands, and more specifically Amsterdam, has long prided itself on being one of the most diverse, multi-cultural mixing pots of people in Europe. Some 180 nationalities make up its inhabitants and lend themselves to a culture of diversity and inclusion. People who don’t have to fear discrimination for being different. Be it age, race, sexuality, education or religion. We are all interconnected in our daily lives. We are all people. 

However, some groups may still be afraid or hesitant to ask for help. They may lack confidence because of the troubles they have gone through in life and not realize that the help of others can help even in small ways. One of these groups that Adam Helpt has worked with, is families that have gone through a challenging period. Be it emotional, financial, traumatic or any other turbulent event, the last year has shown us that now is one of the most important times to reach out a helping hand. Sometimes those that need help most are those that are hesitant to ask. Adam Helpt reaches out as a middleman to help. For instance this year for Mother’s Day, they created a memorable event with many families at Leger des Heils Noordkaap. Goodie bags were handed out and a lovely day was had with smiles and music that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a company (ING). This event not only spread positivity but also let the people that were helped feel seen. Too often, people that are going through hard times cut off social contacts or skip social events. They fade into the background and feel overwhelmed by their situations. But together, through physical help or donations, we can support others in being heard. 

It is up to us, as a community, to reach out and help those who need it. Those for whom, even small acts of kindness can mean the world. This December, many families were having a hard time gathering money for Sinterklaas gifts or chocolate but Adam Helpt was able to create some light in this dark time. By working with companies like Toms, they created a Sinterklaas celebration that many families will remember for years to come. More than 70 gifts were ordered, nicely wrapped, and delivered to HVO Querido locations along with many delicious chocolate letters. This kind gesture cheered up many children and gave joy to the parents who would otherwise not have been able to afford these items themselves.  

So let us make this the year that we reach out a hand instead of looking away. After all, we all bring our own stories and knowledge with us. We can gain strength in unexpected places and people and now is the time to stand together. Together as Amsterdammers. 

If you have become interested in helping or donating and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to call or send an email.   

Written by Monika Seyer