More than 5,000 needy children receive gifts from one Romanian diocese

Roman, Western Moldavia, Romania, January 3, 2024

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In the fourth year of its “Do You Want to Do Good at Christmas?” charity drive, the Social-Philanthropic and Missionary Department of the Archdiocese of Roman and Bacău of the Romanian Orthodox Church managed to provide gifts for thousands of needy and at-risk children.

The gifts were made possible through the involvement of all the deaneries, diocesan NGOs, and religious education teachers who responded to the initiative of His Eminence Archbishop Ioachim, reports the Basilica News Agency.

Altogether, about $66,075 (300,000 lei) were spent providing 5,479 gifts.

Children from disadvantaged families were identified with the help of parish priests or representatives from diocesan NGOs. Each child wrote a letter or made a drawing of the item they wanted to receive for Christmas. Children or families who had the opportunity offer a small gift to a child in need were also identified.

A separate collection in the Roman Deanery also gathered hygiene product, clothing for newborns, and money to help mothers in difficult situations, which were donated to the local hospital.

In the Bacău Deanery, approximately 10,000 packages of sweet were given to as many children from the diocesan project.

In the Onești Deanery, more than 350 pairs of boots were gifted to children from the local social centers. More than 1,500 packages were also distributed in the deanery parishes.

In the Moinești deanery, 2,400 Christmas packages were offered, and in the Sascut deanery, gifts were offered to 300 children and carolers.

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