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Summer is no reason to stop our charity work. Kindness has no holidays; it takes place year around.

During the summer, our community continued to collect necessary items that were shipped to Ukraine. Twice this season, we sent rather large packages.

 

Everyone already knows that our parcels are intended, as usual, for children deprived of parental care in the rehabilitation center of the city of Kropyvnytskyi. The community of Holy Ascension in Clifton not only provides them with shoes and clothing, but the children take with them the gifts sent from us to either foster care or when they return to their parents, who prove that they are on the path to recovery. This greatly helps families save for the near future. Sometimes small or ordinary things change the circumstances of a child’s life. The educator shared this nice story with us: “One young lady did not want to attend graduation to receive her diploma, because she did not have proper clothing. It is quite important to someone of her age. And on the eve of this event, the center received our package. Inside was a dress that she liked. It fit her perfectly for graduation… ”.

When the parcels arrive, the children are free to choose what they like, and then happily pose for a photos taken by Mrs. Snizhana, to send to us. They sincerely rejoice and thank us for caring.

Recently we have expanded our range of wards. In Kiev, a charitable fund was launched at the monastery under the leadership of the very devoted and kindhearted, Mr. Roman Kholodov. In his spare time, this young man takes care of the homeless, lonely and seriously ill, who are “invisible to the rest of the world.” With the help of his associates, priests, friends, seminarians, and caring people, Mr. Kholodov distributes food on the street to the homeless, or helps those who need to be bathed, cared for and visited in the hospital …

 

For this mission, hygiene products, such as disposable diapers, diapers, soap, shampoos, razors, gloves etc., are greatly needed, as well as adult walkers, crutches, canes. We would be very grateful if you joined us in this effort to support this worthy cause.

Eastern, Western, Central, Ukraine – our assistance is open to all regions. There is a small, yet recently built parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Pokrovsk, Donetsk. Father Alexander Soldatenko is trying not only to build a church, but also to develop a charity for those who have been forcibly displaced and for the socially disadvantaged. He collected all the walkers and crutches we sent and took them to the City Department of Social Protection. He was very worried that there may not be enough for everyone, and asked if we could help immediately. Thanks to Ms. Nila Chejlyk, we were able to provide these much-needed items.

The volunteers and priests with whom we coordinate, pass on the walkers, crutches and diapers to the infirmed and elderly. The above-mentioned items are extremely costly in Ukraine, yet are essential to improving their quality of life!

 

Today, it is the duty of every Ukrainian to honor and to give as much help as possible to the indomitable spirit of our military and their families. They must feel that society does not forget their exploits and to respect every one of them. Thanks to Volunteer Oksana Chervonaya, who keeps a close eye on the fallen soldiers and remembers the obligation to their families, we are able to help their children.

 

She also understands the needs of the families of servicemen and forwards any help we send, whether it be baby food or toys, or care products, for which we are constantly thanked. We send all the best things to a volunteer for families of the military. At the request of the military, we covered their faces and those of their families in the photos, as they are mostly Special Forces. We must protect their privacy for the sake of their safety. We always extend our thanks to our benefactors for any help! And please keep in mind the words in the Gospel of Saint Matthew 25:35-40: «For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me

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