October 28, 2021
While its mission remains to guide men to eternal life in Christ, the Church is also called to care for the material needs of all through acts of charity and social services. There have been several reports of such aid from various Local Churches lately.
With the opening of three more humanitarian aid centers in October, the Russian Orthodox Church now operates 231 centers in Russia and abroad.
Centers were opened this month in the city of Ulan-Ude in East Siberia, Vladivostok in the Russian far east, and in the village of Meget in the Irkutsk Province. About 30 new centers are opened every year, reports the Russian Synodal Department for Charity and Social Services.
The Church is able to open such centers with the help of ordinary people who donate clothes, food, and other necessary items, noted Deacon Igor Kulikov. Thanks to their efforts, the homeless, the poor, single mothers, women in crisis pregnancies, and many others are able to receive vital aid.
In the Romanian Church, the Archdiocese of Lower Danube recently donated hygienic materials to the St. Paraskeva Clinical Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Galați, Western Moldavia.
On October 20, detergent, liquid soap, surgical gloves, cuffs, and protective footwear worth $2,715 (11,600 lei), all prepared beforehand by priests and employees of the Diocesan Center, were delivered to the hospital, which is at the forefront of the fight with the coronavirus, reports Ziarul Lumina.
Three social service centers also received disinfectants, liquid soap, chlorine, toothpaste, and toothbrushes worth $2,810 (12,000 lei).
In the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Sumy Diocese recently donated expensive medicine and equipment for the treatment of children with cancer at the Sumy Province Children’s Clinical Hospital.
The diocese has fundraised to help children with cancer for 11 years now.
And in the Zaporozhye Diocese, His Eminence Metropolitan Luke has taken the initiative to gather retired doctors and nurses to help medical institutions that are experiencing staff shortages during the pandemic, the diocesan chancellery reported to the Union of Orthodox Journalists.