Gorlovka, March 5, 2018
Two trucks have delivered more than 2 tons of goods, consisting of 3,140 boxes of groceries and hygiene kits to the needy in Eastern Ukraine. The assistance, sent from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, was worth $49,100, reports The Union of Orthodox Journalists.
The aid arrived on March 2 to the Gorlovka Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as part of the Church’s social-humanitarian project “A Mission of Mercy and Reconciliation” to be distributed to those affected by the military fighting in their area.
The project was implemented with the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, and in response to the recent appeal of President Petro Poroshenko to the Ukrainian Church for humanitarian support to population in uncontrolled territories.
The $49,000 worth of aid was designed for recipients in three age categories: 220 sets of food and hygiene kits to children 1 year and under, 480 sets to children from 1 to 3, and 2,440 sets for those 3 years and older.
The Ukrainian Church has been sending aid to the population of the territories outside of Ukraine’s control for four years in a row already. The Church’s spiritual authority allows for the transferring of aid to where it is needed, including in areas of hostility. The distribution of the kits is independent of nationality, political, and religious beliefs.
The event was organized with the support of the international charitable organization “Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe.”