Malteaser - Order of Malta

Cologne, Germany

Nikolaus Aktion


The Malteaser Nikolaus Aktion in Germany has 170 operations with 2200 volunteers, serving those in need, the elderly, disabled, and lonely. The operation takes place in numerous cities and there is a compentition to see who can sponsor the most original Nicholas event. Actions include visiting pediatric clinics and children's homes, encouraging children with music, Advent Nicholas songs, crafts, St. Nicholas stories and small gifts; collecting clothing, toys, toiletries and medicines for Central and Eastern Europe; providing child care so parents and care-givers can shop for Christmas; taking people with limited mobility to Christmas markets; and having Nicholas visit nursing homes and facilities for the disabled with songs, poems, and baking cookies and making crafts to sell at Christmas markets to benefit charity.