In the cold darkness of winter, even the slightest difficulty is increased ten-fold. A quick jaunt to town takes an hour instead of 20 minutes as one makes their way over frozen terrain, through mounds of snow, and over slick patches of ice.
A minor inconvenience turns into a major trauma as people suffering from the flu, broken limbs, infections, kidney stones, cuts, and other ailments are not able to reach hospitals for treatment in a timely manner. If the weather were not a large enough hindrance to reaching urgent care, the lack of electricity due to the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia, specifically targeting civilian infrastructure, power stations, hospitals and medical clinics has made even the slightest illness a threat to survival.
While civilians are struggling with medical aid, the defenders of these civilians are struggling even more as they fight to ensure the freedom of the sovereign nation of Ukraine. With Russian missiles daily bombing the countryside, the warriors are often injured. With the freezing temperatures even the slightest injuries threated the lives of those who are wounded.
Into this dark scenario, which has been played out countless times over the past ten months in Ukraine, comes a glimmer of life and hope. The darkness of the unlit cities and of the countryside army encampments is shattered by the bright headlights of the lifesaving ambulances which have been delivered to the defenders of Ukraine thanks to the generous donations of the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.
With the blessing of Metropolitan Antony, Prime Hierarch of the UOC of the USA, Archbishop Daniel, Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy and President of the Consistory, delivered funds to purchase ambulances which would save the lives of innocent civilians, injured army personnel, children, grandparents, and all the sons and daughters of Ukraine who need medical assistance. Supplied with the latest medical equipment, as well as emergency medical kits to handle the trauma of war, these vehicles were blessed by His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifaniy, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, and delivered to the war-torn regions of Ukraine, including the 58th Motorized Infantry Brigade – Hetman Ivan Vyhovsky Military Unit, and the 4th Tactical Group of the Ukrainian Volunteer Corp “Right Sector”.
With the accessibility of medical care on wheels, numerous lives will be saved as tourniquets get quickly applied, antibiotics get delivered, legs get splinted, hearts get restarted, and gushing wounds get bandaged.
There is no greater sign of love than to save a life. Consider donating to the Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Fund of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA – and save a life.