Frankfurt / Main – The German national soccer team donates 1000 laptops to old people’s homes, care and palliative care facilities and hospices.
The team of national coach Joachim Low “wants to help ensure that these people do not feel isolated, but that social contacts at least remain digital and that we as a community can overcome this crisis,” said the German Football Association on Thursday. Telekom provides the necessary hotspots.
In mid-March, the national players led by Manuel Neuer and Co. had announced on their own initiative a donation of 2.5 million euros for those people who were particularly affected by the effects of the corona crisis. «In times like these, team spirit is particularly important. This means that everyone makes their contribution to mutual success. Team spirit also means being there for each other as best as possible », emphasizes the DFB statement.
The international players donate the laptops so that «grandparents can continue to see their grandchildren through video calls. So that children in hospices can keep in touch with their friends. »
Non-profit organizations can register on the website laptops.dfb.de and – if they meet the minimum criteria for the application – can be considered promptly. The application was “only public corporations or organizations possible,” said the DFB, “which have been recognized for tax purposes to promote charitable, charitable or church purposes”.