Authorities in Serres, a city in northern Greece hard hit by the covid-19 pandemic, announced that it will scrap plans to set up Christmas decorations and a nativity scene this year to donate the money to the local hospital's intensive care ward.
"We have decided to use the funds to pay for two additional ICU spaces, three medical monitors, and 1,000 protective suits for medical staff," the mayor of Serres, Alekos Chrysafis, told The Associated Press.
Further details of the donation to the state-run Serres General Hospital, will be announced at a later date.
“The donation to the Serres Hospital does not mean that the city will be left without light and colour. The rich and beautiful decoration and lighting that we enjoyed last year will be there now, but our primary goal this year is to illuminate the hearts of the people,” he added.
“Our Christmas tree will lit up again, just as the longing burns inside us to experience the celebration of Christmas with more optimism,” Chrysafis concluded.
At the same time, Greece's second lockdown has been extended until 6:00 on Monday, December 14.
Christmas shines bright at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
The Christmas World at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) came alive on Tuesday December 1.
The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop the Christmas decorations from shining bright, spreading cheer, hope, joy and love.
Spectators from all over Greece and abroad watched the event online. It was a spectacular celebration for all!
*Image Credit: Κοινωφελής Επιχείρηση Δήμου Σερρών