Yet another year with you, friends, comes to the end. It was full of love and warmth, support and kindness. The words of gratitude from the children whom you have helped, from their mothers, fathers, grandmothers – these words come to us in dozens these days. On their behalf, with great admiration for the work of volunteers and the generosity of the donators, we say: dear friends, thank you for your help and involvement! Life goes on, good deeds bring forth fruit.
In November, we have helped to pay: the emergency surgery in Switzerland to replace the spinal support system for Victoria Vakatova, 10 years old, Moscow, scoliosis, impaired spinal development; the treatment in Israel for Daniil Likhodienko, 7 years old, Khabarovsk Territory, Russia, the consequences of cancer, epilepsy; the stem cell transplantation for Sofia Mushkudiani, 6 years old, Georgia, epilepsy, cerebral palsy; the medicines and medical examination for Valentina Mikhailova, 5 years old, Ukraine, laryngeal and tracheal papillomatosis, tracheostomy.
On the eve of the magical New Year and Christmas days, the following children are waiting for our help:
The charity is not so much a material help as a spiritual support of one’s neighbor. The spiritual support, first of all, is a non-condemnation of one’s neighbor and respect for their human dignity.
We want to be better, we want to be cleaner, we want to be happier. When we are full of happiness, we share it with others with joy. But when a trouble knocks on our door, the manifestation of virtue and charity help us, with a pure heart, to cope with an uninvited guest.
And we also want to believe in miracles. In December, before Christmas, the whole time period is shrouded in the lights of light, hope and love. This time also includes the Navity Fast. We clean ourselves physically and mentally. We try to support our soul and the souls of other people, in word and deed.
On November 24, in the parish hall at the church of St. Martyr Panteleimon in Cologne, we have held a charity concert “Children Help Children”. It was organized by the parents of the students of the Children’s Center at the church, to help sick children cared for by Diaconia “Good Deed”. And although the sum collected was not big, the benefits of the concert are enormous. The musicians of all ages learned mercy and enjoyed the opportunity to do good all together.
On November 24, in Baden-Baden, on the territory of the church of the Transfiguration of the Lord, a charity bazaar was held for the sake of the care-receivers of the Russian Orthodox Diaconia “Good Deed”. After the Sunday Divine Liturgy, fresh hot pastries, pumpkin soup, pancakes, pies, sweets and hot drinks had been served to everyone. And on the shelves, the handmade products were waiting for the visitors: knitted socks and hats, handmade soap, lavender sachets, Christmas gift boots, exclusive print bags, women’s jewellery, cookies, honey, jam, books, rag dolls, handmade angel figures made by our parish children at Sunday school.
Dear friends, thank you for your help and participation! We are glad to give again the opportunity to all wishing to help the children in distress.
In the previous month, with your help, we were able to pay a year stay at the clinic for family of Dima Sherstobaev, 10 years old, oncology, and also get funding for treatment from the charity funds for Kirill Gorokhov, 3 y.o., VPS, Stepan Tyshkov, 10 y.o, a rare vessel pathology, Ruslan Varushin, 2 years, kidney cancer, Arina Goncharova, 5 y.o., kidney cancer, Svetlana Zakharyan, 3.5 y.o., oncology, Daniil Lihodeenko, 7 y.o., a complex CNS malfunction, for a total sum of about EUR 75,000.