Chernivtsi held a charity event – “Children for children”
The charity Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Ukraine, in collaboration with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has implemented the Children for Children project for the past five years. This year, more than 4,500 people ordered empty boxes and filled them with useful gifts for children in need. This season, about 900 gift boxes were collected in the Chernivtsi region.
Pavel Eremenko, chaplain of the Bucovina region, says: “When there is the right motivation, the biblical motivation, then it is [true] love of neighbor because we love God, which means we love people and we love children. And living here on earth, we can only see that less and less kindness [is being] seen in the people around us. Somehow the world becomes [more] self-centered. And we, as a church, believe that God gives us obligations, a mission. Without love, the mission cannot be accomplished. We can tell people the truth, but people feel. [Perhaps in the past, all we had to do was] speak, but today people look at our way of life. Therefore, we organize such actions to facilitate the lives of people in need.
ADRA Ukraine is part of the Adventist International Relief and Development Agency (ADRA International), which operates in 134 countries around the world. ADRA International was founded in 1956 as a branch of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
The mission of the organization is to support the needy and vulnerable segments of the population, to improve their lives, to make them active and to succeed in overcoming difficult life situations.
ADRA Ukraine is officially registered and has been implementing humanitarian projects since February 21, 1993. ADRA Ukraine helps victims of conflicts and disasters, displaced populations and their families, orphans, children in orphanages and shelters, hospitalized patients , people in “hot spots”, the disabled and the elderly.
Since the beginning of the armed conflict in Ukraine, more than 1.5 million people have been assisted in 15 regions of Ukraine. About 130 children took part in the action “Children for Children”, which was held in the center of Chernivtsi. The approximate price of the contents of each of the boxes was 300-400 UAH.
Each gift included must include four types of products: hygiene products, stationery, toys and treats. The main objective of the project is to pay attention to children who are in need. “I would like to have a yo-yo toy, a small car with a remote control,” shared her dreams with little Yaroslav.
“I would like to have a beautiful balloon and a new LEGO man,” exclaimed Kostya, another child who benefited.
Local churches and Adventist schools across Ukraine are very actively involved in this initiative. Church members and parishioners of all ages are happy to purchase gifts and donate their funds to this initiative. It should also be noted that there are children who buy gifts at their own expense to help their peers who find themselves in difficult living conditions.
“When I come back from another cast event, I’m first inspired. I can’t say and speak for these people how they feel, but I see the joy in their eyes. I see gratitude. And for me personally, it is important… I am happy to have been able to leave a small contribution, a particle of my heart, by leaving my kindness to these children”, shares Pavel Eremenko, chaplain of the Bukovina region.
This article originally appeared on the Europe-Asia Division news site.