УПЦ США Надає Гуманітарну Допомогу із Закупівлею Продуктів Харчування та одягу в Україні
The cold of Winter is even colder in Ukraine as the power has been cut by the invading Russian forces. There is no heat, no light, no food.
Entire families huddle together in dark and dank cellars, shivering under blankets. Parents hug their children and instead of worrying which gift to buy them for Christmas, they worry if their child will survive the cold and frigid winter.
Instead of hearing the joyful tunes of Christmas carols, these families hear the shrill of sirens, the whir of missiles flying overhead, and run for cover as the earth shakes upon impact.
Into this seemingly hopeless dark atmosphere, a bright light shines forth giving these innocent and suffering civilians a smidgeon of hope. Thanks to Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, who with the blessing of Metropolitan Antony, these families can reap the benefits of the generous donations made by the faithful of the Church.
Each day hundreds gather seeking medical assistance, food, warm clothing, and water. Working with Archbishop Serhij of Donetsk and Mariupol (OCU), the UOC of the USA has been able to sponsor medicine, hygiene products, coats, boots, lamps, food, etc.
As the forlorn individuals huddled together for warmth while standing in line, peacefully awaiting their turn, the children were given sweets, bolstering their mood, and giving them the endurance to wait just a bit longer for their turn.
Each family was given a box containing the necessities to fill their immediate needs – canned goods, dry non-perishable items, fresh fruit, as well as hygiene products, and for those with young children – diapers, formula, etc. Each child went away with some chocolate and an adorable stuffed animal which would serve to sooth their fears over the following trying times.
The elderly were given special attention, their blood pressure was measured, and they were given quick examinations, and prescribed what medicines were available to ensure they were able to remain healthy throughout the coming weeks.
There is such need. For Ukrainians the holidays appear dismal and dark, fraught with fear and uncertainty, but, thanks to your generous donations, a glimmer of hope, an expression of love, a virtual hug is passed along and envelopes the souls of the suffering with warmth and hope.
Please consider donating to the UOC of USA Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Fund.