Róbert Guðmundsson from Hveragerði in south Iceland has been busy baking cookies in the past days which he has donated to churches and nursing homes in the region, from where they have been passed on to those most in need.
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Róbert estimates that he must have baked 60 kilos of cookies. “I have distributed them around almost the entire south Iceland,” he told Morgunblaðið, adding that there are a few churches left upcountry which he is hoping to include before Christmas.
He started with this good deed before Christmas last year when he baked 15 kilos of cookies and now he has multiplied his production. “I get good and valuable help and a generous discount at Almar the baker,” Róbert said.
“I care about every Icelander and resident of south Iceland and do this so that others can have a share of my success which has been incredible in the past year,” Róbert explained.
He runs the company Garða- og húseignaþjónusta Suðurlands which provides various services for households: decoration, lawn mowing and maintenance.
However, there hasn’t been much to do lately and so Róbert uses his spare time to bake. “The reactions have been fantastic,” he said.
If he gets a good idea, he executes it, such as a Christmas decoration competition in Hveragerði sponsored by 40 companies in south Iceland who presented the winners with gift certificates.
On New Year’s Eve at 7:45 pm, Róbert is planning a fireworks show in collaboration with ICE-SAR for the sixth year in a row for the prisoners at Litla-Hraun. “I found out that they never saw any fireworks.”
Before Róbert moved to Hveragerði three years ago, he lived in Eyrarbakki, a town nearby. “I’ve lived in south Iceland for ten years and don’t want to live anyplace else,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Icelandic residents in Norway have contributed NOK 100,000 (ISK 2.1 million, USD 17,000, EUR 13,000) to the domestic charity work of the Icelandic Church Aid, ruv.is reports.
Thousands of families in Iceland turn to charities for food donations before the holidays.