As of 10/7/14, we have raised $3,224!!! Only $1,976 left to go until we hit our goal!!!
34 children will have beds this winter! 21 to go!
Thank you so much to the Hollers, Schwartzs, Bentleys, and Tuckers!!!
OK, ladies and gentlemen. Here’s a post straight from the bottom of my heart. Y’all have been seeing what’s going on in Ukraine right now. It’s a nightmare. Two of the orphanages that one of my favorite charities, Life 2 Orphans, works with, are in Donetsk. If you don’t know where that is, that’s in Eastern Ukraine. That’s where the airliner was shot down. That’s some of the nastiest of the nasty right there. One of the orphanages was even bombed. (Blessedly, none of the special-needs adults or children were hurt. Unfortunately, some of the caretakers were, but not too badly, it seems.)
The two orphanages were able to get out of Donetsk to a safe place, another orphanage called Druzhkovka. Megan at Life 2 Orphans shares it better than I could.
WE ARE SHARING THE REALITIES OF WAR AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THOUSANDS OF ORPHANS IN UKRAINE
We all know what is going on in Ukraine. It’s a scary, scary situation. People are terrified and panicked, running from their homes.
Now, can you imagine trying to move 145 children out of their home? Many of whom are special needs? Some of whom are Bedridden? Along with caregivers? Me either, but that’s exactly what’s happened in Donetsk.
The kids from the Shakhtyorskiy orphanage had to evacuate. They had to leave because the fighting in Donetsk was too dangerous.
Many of these Bedridden orphans came from the Torez orphanage. A few weeks ago the Torez orphanage was bombed. Blessedly, none of the children and adult orphans with special needs who live there were hurt (although, a few of the caregivers were). They did survive, though, Thank God!
But war does nott know boundaries, and there are a lot of people in a lot of trouble. I received this e-mail from Life2Orphans: STATE OF EMERGENCY AT THE DRUZHKOVKA ORPHANAGE, DONETSK, UKRAINE, Druzhkovka orphanage is now overwhelmed with 375 orphans in an orphanage that did house ONLY 230. The Shakhtyorskiy orphanage had to leave the area of fighting and evacuate their 145 orphans and caregivers to the Druzhkovka orphanage. They are now bursting at the seams and need our help immediately!!
After transferring the orphans from Shakhtyorskiy the children are now sleeping on the floors on mattresses side by side. They had no additional beds, but they have found enough mattresses for all the orphans. The caregivers are sleeping wherever they can in the orphanage.
Please note these are the former Bedridden boys and girls from Torez, and they are now together at Druzhkovka. So happy to say, The Individual Orphan Caregivers are still with their children.
This is a SEVERE need. This is serious. These are orphans with mild to very severe special needs. Some of them are bedridden. With no beds. Seriously. So, the first fundraiser we’re going to work on is to get cots and mattresses to these kids. Winter is coming. Can you imagine sleeping on the floor, no cot, no mattress, no nothing, full time, all winter long? In Ukraine? Seriously? Let’s get this done.
Megan tells me we need 55 cots with mattresses. The set costs $93.50 ($34.25/cot, $59.25/mattress). That equals out to just under $5,200 (considering wire transfer fees and the like). I say we set that as our goal. These kids deserve better than a winter sleeping on the floor, because of a war that is completely beyond their control.
To donate to this fundraiser, please go to the Life2Orphans Make a Monetary Donation page. You’ll see chat box, and in there, please put DRUZHKOVA FUND. That’s where the money is going to buy the cots and mattresses.
How fast can we do this? The need is so great, this is the first fundraiser we’ll be having, but not the last. These kids deserve so much better than this.
Here are some new pictures I’ve gotten of the kids!! These are the very kids that we are helping sleep well this winter. The very kids who are sleeping on floors now. We can do this!!
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’