Russian Church feeding homeless during Maslenitsa

Moscow, February 12, 2018

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The Orthodox charitable service “Mercy” is treating the homeless to traditional Russian pancakes throughout this Maslenitsa, or Cheese-Fare, Week. Employees of the service are encouraging everyone who desires to help to bring pancakes to the service’s “Hangar of Salvation” from today through Sunday, reports RIA-Novosti.

The “Hangar of Salvation” is a heated tent for the homeless to stay during the day. On the territory of the tent homeless people will be able not only to wash themselves in shower cubicles, to eat, to change their clothes and shoes, but will also have a real opportunity to change their life. They can also find assistance in seeking work at the hangar.

Russians traditionally eat thin pancakes called blini during Maslenitsa, which can be filled with various jams, fruits, cheeses, and chocolates.

“Blini are hearty, and also a homemade food. A real homemade meal … can encourage someone to move towards changing his life for the better. In fact, to motivate people who have ended up on the streets to return to society is our main task,” said the head of the “Hangar of Salvation” Roman Skorosov.

In addition to blini, the center will also treat people to sour cream, condensed milk, honey, and jam. The “Mercy” service hopes to feed about 500 people throughout Cheese-Fare Week.

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