15 July 2012 | 12:12


Bulgarian Christmas is a charity initiative of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, which aims to encourage philanthropy, to help solve significant problems for society, concerning the health of children and to support their treatment.
The distribution of the funds raised is implemented jointly by the Presidential Institution, the Bulgarian National Television, Nova TV and the Expert Council of the Bulgarian Christmas Initiative. The involvement of leading specialists in the field of children's health, NGOs and patient organisations contributes to the principles of publicity and transparency.
As a result of the 2021/2022 donation campaign and the commitment of thousands of well-meaning Bulgarians, in 2022 Bulgarian Christmas has a budget of BGN 3,070,000.
In 2022, 517 children have been assisted to carry out diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation for a total amount of BGN 991,122 and medical equipment has been provided to 22 medical institutions across the country for a total amount of BGN 1,701,112.
Traditionally, at the beginning of December, the new edition of this noble endeavour was launched. For the twentieth consecutive time, on the eve of the Christmas and New Year holidays, we will unite again for the sake of the health of Bulgarian children.
The campaign, which will continue throughout the next year, is under the motto "Give hope to a child in need" and supports children with rare genetic diseases.
The initiative reaches out for another year to all children with various diseases, conditions and disabilities who are in need of funds for diagnostication, treatment, including medication, rehabilitation, speech therapy and psychological therapy, as well as medical devices and aids.
The new edition of Bulgarian Christmas aims to help the modern treatment of children also by providing high-tech equipment for precise diagnostication, treatment and rehabilitation in university and multidisciplinary medical institutions. We believe that by providing such equipment we will expand the opportunities of Bulgarian doctors to apply modern innovative methods of treatment.
Bulgarian Christmas is a hope for more saved children, returned children's smiles and peaceful Bulgarian households. Because every child deserves a happy childhood and a full life!
The ways to support the Bulgarian Christmas are: 
By sending an SMS to the short number 1117 for A1, Vivacom and Yettel.
With each SMS you donate BGN 1 to a child in need.
For contract subscribers the cost of an SMS is BGN 1.
For users of prepaid services of all mobile operators the value is BGN 1.20 incl. VAT. 
By calling 09001117 for Vivacom and A1 fixed subscribers.
With every call you help a child in need with BGN 1.
The value of each call is BGN 1. 
Via bank transfer to:
IBAN: BG13UBBS80023300186210
Bank: United Bulgarian Bank 
Via internet transfer with a bank card or through ePay.bg.
It is necessary to have a bank card or micro-account registered in ePay.bg.
No fees are charged for a donation via micro-account.
If you donate by debit or credit card, you will automatically be charged a transaction fee according to the card-issuing bank's tariff.
You can also use an international credit card.
More information about the charity, the application process, and how donations can be made is available at www.bgkoleda.bg.