... is easy. Inspiration at your fingertips!

In surreal times like these with the pandemic going on, who wouldn’t want a smart switch like our Gira pushbutton sensor 4 that lets you switch on a festive atmosphere instantly at the touch of a button. And at the same time completely switch off everything that’s been weighing us down over the last twelve months. Because at the end of another year that’s been anything but easy, we’ve all earned the chance to calm down, reflect on things and concentrate on what makes Christmas special. The many little stories told by Gira employees in our Christmas video show what this can be. Let yourself be inspired by them and switch on a little bit of Christmas already.

Making eyes light up.

Since 2015, a team of our trainees has been responsible for the “Gira Christmas Miracle” every year. The campaign, which the young Gira staff organise and carry out entirely by themselves, is a special form of neighbourly help. “We want to give a little joy to local people who aren’t doing so well and can’t spend Christmas with family and friends,” says Meltem Ertürk, a trainee industrial clerk who is one of the organising team. The trainees collected wish lists this year at two care facilities for senior citizens in Radevormwald and two children's homes in the Bergisches Land region. With the help of their colleagues at Gira, they were able to get the presents that were asked for. The trainees handed over 280 colourfully wrapped packages this year. And thus switched on a little bit of Christmas for the recipients.

We help those who help others.

In 2021, Gira will once again be making donations to support two initiatives committed to social projects in Germany and South Africa and thus providing a special service to our society.

medico international – Sinani

Sinani is a Nguni word which means “we are with you”. The name says it all, because Sinani – founded in South Africa in 1994 – provides care in the province of KwaZulu-Natal for those who are often left to fend for themselves, including survivors of violence, people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as their families. medico international has been a supporter of Sinani since 1999.

More about the Sinani programme

More about medico

Junior Uni Wuppertal

The Wuppertal Junior Uni für das Bergische Land is a teaching and research institution for young people between the ages of four and twenty that is unique in Germany. It is completely privately funded and enjoys broad social support. Its goal as an extracurricular place of learning is to give young people – regardless of social background – what they need to be ready for university and the workplace.

More about the Junior Uni Wuppertal

How we helped after the flood disaster.

The dramatic images are still with us: villages flooded by raging water, badly damaged buildings, mud and rubble in destroyed homes, shops and businesses. The devastating storms and heavy rain that hit parts of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate in mid-July also had a severe impact on many businesses in the electrical trade. In July, we already provided a quarter of a million euros to the regional guilds in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, who ensured a fair distribution of support payments for affected businesses.

If you would like to support those affected by the flood disaster with a donation and help switch on Christmas for them, here is a list of relief organisations and donation accounts. 

Overview of relief organisations and donation accounts

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Christmas video Donations