UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Recent Shipments to Needy Children in Ukraine
Nicholas Spak, a Pittsburgh resident, active in scouting and frequent participant of the camping program at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Emlenton, PA recently completed his Eagle Project. Nick is a Boy Scout with Troop 28 from Bower Hill Community Church in Mount Lebanon Pittsburgh. Nick and his family have been aware of our Church’s ongoing Orphanage Project and this interest initiated Nick’s Eagle Project. His project entailed collecting and shipping over nine-hundred pounds of first-aid and personal hygiene items to twelve different centers for needy children and orphanages throughout Ukraine. The recipient centers included the cities and towns of Znamianka, Buchach, Zhytomyr, Zaluchia, Zaporizhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Sambir, and Puhachiv. Many of these centers were visited by Nick’s sister Larissa in 2012 and 2013 while she was on mission trips to Ukraine. Additional funds raised beyond the needs of shipping the first-aid supplies covered the cost of shipping 54 containers of adult diapers to the Orphanage of severely disabled children in Znamianka which is one of the institutions that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been supporting for over 10 years. In total over one ton of supplies was shipped to Ukraine. This Eagle Scout Project was initiated in the spring of 2013 and was completed this past winter.
Nick’s Project Sponsor was Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay, Director of Consistory Office of Christian Charity for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and clergy member at Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH. The outcome of this humanitarian project far exceeded expectations of all involved and especially members of the Western Pennsylvania Scouting community. The thousands of Ukrainian orphans are thankful for this successful project. Nicholas managed all aspects of this Eagle project, which included planning and executing the entire project, soliciting funds to offset shipping costs, organizing his Scout Troop and members of the local Ukrainian community who collected items from area churches, schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations, as well as packaging and shipping, confirming addresses in Ukraine and investigating all aspects of the logistics with parcel shipping companies. Nicholas is an active parishioner of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Carnegie Pennsylvania and the son of Father Deacon and Mrs. Myron Spak.
For those who are inspired by this project, and who want to support Ukrainian orphanages in similar endeavors, please contact: Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay at 440-582-1051 / firstname.lastname@example.org