"DEED.PLACE.NICHOLAS" CREATED IN WORMS
Next exit for St. Nicholas: motorway service station. On 5 December, truck and lorry drivers received a visit from St. Nicholas. Among other places, at the A61 at the Rheinböllen motorway service station between Koblenz and Bingen and the Wonnegau service area near Worms, the lorry drivers were presented with a chocolate St. Nicholas, some fruit, a lighter and a card, much to their amazement.
The Catholic Workers' Movement (Katholische Arbeitnehmer-Bewegung – KAB) St. Matthias Neuwied and the Kolping Family Neuwied have created a place of good deeds together with the workplace chaplaincy in Mainz and the chaplaincy for long-distance drivers. In doing so, they want to set an example for an occupational group that hardly receives any social recognition. "With this campaign, we want to express our appreciation for these people on the one hand, but also draw attention to their situation once again.
Especially last year, they suffered more severely from the coronavirus conditions. Due to the fact that the service areas were partly closed, there was a lack of sanitary facilities and the services were poor," explains Deacon Michael Hommer of KAB Neuwied. Especially last year, they suffered more severely from the coronavirus conditions. Due to the fact that the service areas were partly closed, there was a lack of sanitary facilities and the services were poor," explains Deacon Michael Hommer of KAB Neuwied.
This "Deed.Place.Nicholas" was sponsored by the Bonifatiuswerk of German Catholics with approximately 200 chocolate St. Nicholases. During its "Deed.Place.Nicholas: Anyone can do good deeds." campaign that is part of the aid organisation's nationwide "Santa Claus Free Zone" St. Nicholas initiative, the Bonifatiuswerk called on church groups, associations, school classes, day-care centres, institutions and parishes throughout Germany to create such good "deed.places" in order to follow the example of St. Nicholas. 64 deed.places are currently sponsored across Germany.