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The Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Student Union (SU) together with the International Students’ Association (ISA) will be organising a week of Christmas activities. This will take place at RSU from 9 to 13 December with events to warm your heart, energise your mind and satisfy your stomach. 

The week will start off by an event at the Medical Education Technology Centre to get you in a holiday mood. On Monday, 9 December, from 19:00 to 21:00, the kitchen classrooms of prospective nutritionists will be filled with the tempting smell of gingerbread. Everyone is welcome to treat themselves to gingerbread on this Monday evening, and you will be able to ice and decorate the cookies made at this master class the next day in the foyer of the RSU Main Building – Tuesday, 10 December, from 12:00 to 16:00.  

On Wednesday, 11 December, from 21:00, you can enjoy screenings of classic movies to get you in the Christmas spirit at the RSU Student House at 3 Palasta Iela. The movie night will be held in a cosy atmosphere where you can enjoy a mug of cocoa or other hot drinks. The SU encourages students to bring their favourite woolly Christmas socks! 

On Thursday, 12 December from 10:00 to 16:00, the traditional RSU Charity Market will take place in the foyer of the RSU Main Building. University students, staff and anyone else interested will trade home-made delicacies and handcrafts. Traders are invited to apply by 11 December by filling out this form. Part of the income earned from the market will be donated to the charity project Ziemassvētku Vecīša Darbnīca (Santa’s Workshop), and visitors to the market are welcome to donate small gifts. The RSU Student Services team will wrap the gifts in accordance with the project’s guidelines, and send them on for distribution to the elderly residing in Latvian care homes. 

To round off Christmas Week a photo booth will be set up in the foyer of the university on Friday, 12 December, from 10:00 to 16:00. Here you will have the opportunity to take a picture with your friends and colleagues dressed into your favourite Christmas jumpers. You will also be treated to traditional holiday delicacies, like a big mug of something warming, and have the possibility to share your holiday wishes with Santa Claus!

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Throughout the week, everyone is welcome to participate in the preparation of gifts for charity. The RSU ISA organises an annual Christmas Charity Drive where everyone is invited to bring wrapped toys or sweets to donate. These will then be handed out to 3-7-year old boys and 8-11-year old girls by the Latvian Samaritan Association.

At the Christmas Charity Drive you are also encouraged to donate practical things like shampoos, shower gels and other household items. The activity will be held in the RSU foyer donations of practical items is open until 13 December.

During Christmas Week you will also be able to donate small toys in one of the Daring Boxes at the RSU Information Centre. These boxes have been set up by RSU SU in cooperation with the Children’s Clinical University Hospital. The gifts from these boxes will later be delivered to Latvian health care centres and vaccination rooms and handed out to children before procedures as an encouragement for good behaviour. 

Read more about Christmas Week activities here