UOC of the USA Continues to Provide Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine
UOC of the USA Continues to Provide Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine

In the wake of the ongoing crisis caused by the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the plight of the affected populace has become increasingly dire. With over two years of relentless conflict, the country has seen its infrastructure shattered, homes destroyed, and families torn apart. Recent airstrikes have only exacerbated the suffering, leaving communities reeling from power outages, loss of basic amenities, and the constant threat of violence looming overhead. In the midst of this chaos, it is the generosity and compassion of individuals who donate funds to purchase hygiene products, clothing, and other essentials that provide a glimmer of hope for those grappling with adversity.

The impact of such donations cannot be overstated. For families struggling to survive amidst the rubble of their once-thriving neighborhoods, these contributions offer more than just material aid—they symbolize solidarity and support from individuals across the globe. From the elderly to the disabled, from mothers with children to those who have lost everything, each donation represents a lifeline in their time of greatest need.

Hygiene products, in particular, play a crucial role in maintaining health and dignity in the face of unimaginable circumstances. In a war-torn landscape where access to clean water and sanitation facilities is often limited, basic hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, and sanitary items become precious commodities. By providing these essentials, donors not only alleviate physical discomfort but also help prevent the spread of disease, offering a semblance of normalcy amidst the chaos.

Similarly, clothing serves as more than just protection from the elements—it is a means of preserving dignity and self-respect. As temperatures plummet and cities overflow with displaced families, the simple act of providing warm clothing can make all the difference. Whether it's a coat to ward off the biting cold or a pair of shoes to replace those lost in the rubble, each garment represents a tangible expression of care and compassion.

In times of crisis, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of suffering and destruction. Yet, amidst the chaos, there are always individuals who refuse to turn a blind eye to the plight of their fellow human beings.  

With the prayers and blessing of Metropolitan Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora, Archbishop Daniel, Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA and Consistory President, recently provided resources collected by the Church to aid Ukrainians in their hour of need.  Funds are distributed in the Donetsk and Mariupol Eparchy (under the leadership of Metropolitan Serhiy), through the service of Rev. Fr. Kostyantyn Kuznetsov, who along with his wife Natalia and team of volunteers, oversees the daily delivery and distribution of the donated food and logistical items to the refugees and the men and women of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, assuring the suffering people of Ukraine of continuing prayers on their behalf, and expressing love and concern through the provision of much needed supplies. 

Through your generosity, they are able to provide not only material support but also a powerful message of hope—that even in the darkest of times, kindness and solidarity prevail.  Just the other week Fr. Kostyantyn was able to acquire a much-needed charging station for the military.  With renewed airstrikes in Chasiv Yar, Bakhmut and Avdiivka, supplies are in dire need, therefore he along with his wife, set out daily to deliver food, clothing, medical supplies and other necessities of life.

As we extend our gratitude to those who have already donated funds in support of the suffering people of Ukraine, we ask that you consider donating again, for the need is great.  The elderly, the disabled, the widows, the orphans, those hiding in demolished homes, those fighting in the frigid cold, those battling from within flooded trenches, the newly born, the frightened, the hungry, the thirsty… ARE ALL DEPENDING ON YOU FOR HELP.

During this prayerful and introspective time of Great Lent, please donate generously to the UOC of the USA Ukrainian Humanitarian fund, for by showing concern, aiding, and caring for these suffering individuals, you are showing your love for Christ Himself, and working out your own salvation.

"For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me."  Matthew 25:35

“Бо Я голодував був і ви нагодували Мене, прагнув і ви напоїли Мене, мандрівником Я був і Мене прийняли ви.  Був нагий і Мене зодягли ви, слабував і Мене ви відвідали, у в'язниці Я був і прийшли ви до Мене.”  Від Матвія 25:35

UOC of the USA: Our Humanitarian Mission in Ukraine

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