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A timely break

Nadia is a loving mother in Ukraine who has received help from the Food Pak ministry at a critical time.  Her husband is disabled and unable to work.  She has two boys, Vlad, who is eight, and Denis, who is three. As our local volunteers began to visit Nadia’s family, they learned about Denis’ physical condition and need.  The young boy has a condition called congenital Symphalangia in his hands and feet.  His individual fingers and toes need to be separated by surgery.  For the problem to be corrected, Denis will require ten surgeries, each costing $400 USD. The average salary for a  ...

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Svetlana from Ukraine

Svetlana lives in a small town right outside the conflict zone in Ukraine. Her hometown is riddled with violence due to the fighting between the Ukrainian Army and the Pro-Russian Rebels. Even after fleeing her home, she could not escape the dreadful effects of war. Artemovsk, the town she where she currently resides, has seen two battles within the village. The home of Svetlana and her family is surrounded by buildings that have been burned or destroyed. Thankfully, Svetlana lives in her new “home” with her two young children and husband. They are working together and doing their best to  ...

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A glimmer of hope in Ukraine

Elizabeth is nine years old and lives in Ukraine with her mother, Galina, and her grandmother. When she was only five, her father left the family and attempted to renounce his parental rights so that he would not be required to pay child support. The local court forced him to continue to pay, but he has neglected to do so. The government gave Galina a temporary pension of about $15 per month, but it wasn’t enough. The family’s financial situation worsened in November, when Galina was diagnosed with cancer. Friends and relatives helped her pay for chemotherapy. Unfortunately, it was  ...

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Two Stories of Hope in Europe

Oksana spends her days at home in Belarus with her widowed mother. One of her favorite times of the week is when volunteers come to visit her. They bring much needed food and resources and sometimes, they even bring some extra toys for her. Though Oksana is 16 years old, her special needs cause her to behave more like a 5 year-old. In small impoverished communities, children with special needs can sometimes be forgotten or be the last to receive aid and support. However, this is not the case for Oksana. The members of the church visit her regularly to play and read to her, which she  ...

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Kolia from Ukraine

Kolia is handicapped and in a wheelchair, but he is full of life and energy. One volunteer met him in the street and became friends with him. Not long ago, Kolia got married to Lyuda and soon after, they gave birth to a wonderful baby. They live modestly and experience hardship regularly. The volunteer has built a relationship with the family and he visits them regularly, bringing Food Paks to them. Through the support of the Food Paks, they now have more stability in their lives.                   41, 482 meals were distributed in  ...