A warm meal and a lot of love! This was what the social centers of Tirana offered to help the less fortunate celebrate this Christmas Day.
For the third consecutive year, the Municipality of Tirana spent this holiday serving lunch for the elderly and people in need who frequent the social centers that have been established across Tirana.
The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, accompanied by young volunteers, chose to put actions behind their words of "Merry Christmas" by serving lunch in the social centre t Kombinat.
Through their actions, they hoped to convey the message that, when there is will and desire, we all can do amazing things.
"Today is a special day, as it is Christmas Day. It is the day when love defeats hate, when hope defeats fear, when light defeats dark.
"I believe that our city, a city with 1 million people, is a city with problems, but when there is love, when there is goodness, when there is will to achieve more, then we can do wonderful things.
"So I'm glad that for 2 and a half years our social centers have worked at full pace, so that we have not only a place to consume a meal, but also a place to have a friend, a place to get close to someone" said Erion Veliaj.
Further, he stressed that the city of Tirana could still be a better city, if everyone showed solidarity and helped those in need.
"I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for supporting this project. Today we have one of the best centers here and a great model of how we can help one another.
"In 2018, if any Albanian, any Tironan citizen, who is able to help a neighbor chooses to act with more solidarity and help someone in need, then I believe we can have a wonderful city," said Erion Veliaj.
He thanked all those who joined the social initiatives of the Municipality of Tirana this year, either by donating something or by serving in the social centers.
"Thank you all. I want to raise a toast for all those who served here, from the boy who cooked, to all social workers who do this every day.
"I want to applaud all the students who have come to help us and all those who serve in our social centers. You have a kind of wealth that can only be contained within your heart.
"So, I want to raise this toast for you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and prosperity to your families" said Erion Veliaj.
The Mayor of Tirana extended his well-wishes today to all Christian believers.
Initially, he visited the headquarters of the Evangelical Brotherhood, and then attended the reception at the Orthodox Church, where he wished a Merry Christmas to the Archbishop of Tirana and Durrës, His Holiness Anastas Jannullatos, and then, via the media, to all Albanians.