There are currently 8 NUK Soother Donation Trees throughout Germany. The Soother Donation Trees are a set location for children who want to say goodbye to their soothers and also want to do something good for other children. So that more children and parents have just such a place nearby, NUK would like to increase the number of Soother Donation Trees in the future.
On the right is a map of Germany with all the existing soother trees.
For more information and photos of the individual soother trees see below.
On 29 June 2011 the time had come: Karlsruhe got its own NUK Soother Donation Tree. The celebrity tree sponsor, Anja Lukaseder and 40 children from the Kussmaul und Blücherstraße kindergartens in Karlsruhe filled the donation box with the first donated soothers. All of the donated soothers are turned into money by NUK and donated to the Stiftung Lesen (Reading Charity). Not only are the little heroes showing how brave they are by donating their soothers, they are also doing something good at the same time.
The first Soother Donation Tree in Saxony was set up in the grounds of the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital in Dresden on 23 September 2009. It is another place for all the parents and children who want to say goodbye to their soothers to go to and at the same time help the children´s aid project, NUK Soother Sponsors. Soother donations can be put into the tree’s soother box 365 days of the year. What´s more, all the soothers donated here are also turned into cash, to finance storytellers for children´s hospital wards throughout Germany.
The NUK Soother Donation Tree in Jena is not only the first Soother Donation Tree that was set up in 2010, it was also the first one in Thuringia. The Soother Donation Tree was inaugurated by the tree sponsor and television presenter, Thomas Sonnenburg. Since then, children have been able to donate soothers in the grounds of the University children´s Hospital, becoming little heroes at the same time.
St. Marien Hospital in Bonn has been able to call a large, colourful tree decorated with thousands of soothers its own since 4 October 2010. Children can throw their old soothers into a soother donation box here. NUK then turns every soother into cash and donates this money to the Stiftung Lesen (Reading Charity). The tree was inaugurated by the lead singer of the band, Höhner, Henning Krautmacher.
Not one but two celebrity tree sponsors were at the opening of the second NUK Soother Donation Tree in Thuringia in Gera on 31 August 2011. The mouth organ player, Michael Hirte and the actress, Astrid Ann Marie Pollmann presented lots of little donors with Soother Sponsor Certificates for their “bravery” there . Since then the tree has become the place to go to for all those who want to do something good with their soothers, as all donated soothers are turned into cash which goes to the Stiftung Lesen (Reading Charity).
The first NUK Soother Donation Tree in Brandenburg was inaugurated in the grounds of Ernst von Bergmann Hospital in Potsdam (Charlottenstraße 72) on 4 September 2012. As part of this fun event, the first soother donors threw their beloved soothers into the soother box attached to the tree. They were helped by the celebrity tree sponsor, Bettina Cramer who then presented the children with certificates for their “bravery”. Since then the tree has become the place to go to for children who want to say goodbye to their soothers and also do something good at the same time, for all the donated soothers are turned into money for the Stiftung Lesen (Reading Charity) by NUK.
At the beginning of the NUK Soother Sponsor Campaign in 2009, NUK, together with the soother sponsors of the Utlede Kindergarden in Bremen, set up another Soother Donation Tree. This one stands in the grounds of the St. Joseph Stifts Hospital and is decorated with thousands of donated soothers from the previous campaign year.
On 6 May 2008 the time had come: lots of little NUK Soother Sponsors were at the opening of the first NUK Soother Donation Tree in the grounds of the Frankfurt Höchst Hospital as part of the presentation of donations from the 2007 campaign. The tree is decorated with thousands of soothers from this campaign and is a set location for parents and children who want to say goodbye to their soothers and do something good at the same time.