I just got home after a meeting discussing humanitarian aid to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. As a community near and far from New Haven and Ukraine sent many thousands of pounds of winter clothing for those in need in Ukraine. I will report to you the details soon.
We have been asked to provide some food to be sent over with a few vehicles that have been donated. Both Father Roman Manulak and the Police Chief in Lviv have made this request of us. As you know, Father Roman is our trusted point-person in Ukraine.
Since the Eastern Christians are beginning their preparation for Christmas tomorrow, a period of time from now to Christmas is called the St Philip’s Fast. It is a time for prayer, some fasting, and a work of charity. The PROPOSAL for a collection:
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Soups that can be easily mixed with water and heated. That’s it. Nothing more.
This week we are having extra days added to the volunteer schedule to get the number of clothing donations received this past weekend, prepared for shipment to Ukraine. And we are expecting some additional donations this week. We are looking for your help
Our schedule is Tuesday (Nov. 8) and Thursday (Nov. 10) are the designated days. The volunteer time involved on these days will be from 4-7:30 pm. If you can only commit to 1-2 hours on either or both of these days we would be grateful.
On Saturday (Nov. 12) we are packing the truck. In preparation for the 8:30 trailer arrival, volunteers are asked to be available at 7:45 am. There is concern about the rain forecasted for that day. Pray that the rain will hold off until the truck is loaded. Will keep you updated regarding any changes.
If you know a generous soul who would like to make an online donation to defray the costs of getting these donations to Ukraine, here is the link: https://givesendgo.com/G2ZXR We are grateful for any amount!
We are grateful for the good work done by all the volunteers working to alleviate the needs of the Ukrainians suffering due to the war. Thanks to Brett Joly for the pictures. May the Lord of Life reward you with Life eternal.
As you know from the news reports the winter season is upon the Ukrainians and the war continues with great alarm. Our friends in Ukraine have identified the GREATEST URGENT NEED is for WINTER CLOTHING for people of ALL AGES.
Hats, gloves/mittens, coats, pants, underware, sweaters, sweat suits and anything else that will enable them to be protected from very cold winter weather. Preferably new clothing, but we will take gently used, clean clothing.
The collection place is:
St. Michael the Archangel Church Hall (behind the church)
569 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511-5301
Deadline is Saturday, Saturday, November 5th:
Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM AND Tuesday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The items will need to be packed during the week after November 6th so they can be loaded on the truck on Saturday, November 12th to send off to Dnipro in New Jersey on Monday, November 14th.
We received word today from Anna, Father Roman’s wife, who informed us that the GREATEST URGENT NEED right now is for WINTER CLOTHING for people of ALL AGES.
Hats, gloves/mittens, coats, pants, underware, sweaters, sweat suits and anything else that will enable them to be protected from very cold winter weather.
Please deliver these Items to the church hall on Saturday between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM and Tuesday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM by Saturday, November 5th. They will need to be packed during the week after November 6th so they can be loaded on the truck on on Saturday, November 12th to send off to Dnipro in New Jersey on Monday, November 14th.
The ideal situation would be to transport these items to Ukraine by plane. The cost per pound to do that is currently $2.20 per pound. We will need to solicit additional funding to cover the added cost of shipping the clothing by plane to get these items over to Ukraine quickly.
Carl Harvey reports that Father Roman has received the most recent shipment in Ukraine. Carl and Myron and their committee wish to express their gratitude to all of the people who have contributed the items that were shipped over and the funding to cover the costs associated with shipping it over to Father Roman.
We are sourcing vehicles and specific, professional medical supplies to support the injured soldiers. Funding is most critical in getting materials to Ukraine especially with transportation costs rising.
Online gifts for the Ukrainian humanitarian work may be made here: https://stmichaelukrainian.org
We are planning to send out our next shipment on November 19th.
You are an AMAZING GROUP OF PEOPLE. We are EXTREMELY GRATEFUL to all of you and the others of our group that enable us to continue with this program and to accomplish so much.
Our friends at Yale University recently raised $3700.00 that will go to the Come Back Alive Foundation. Daria and her committee raised awareness and funds with the help of varenyky made by the Pierogi Project at St Michael’s.
Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and the Chaplain met with Knights of Columbus, Church leaders and displaced families in Poland and Ukraine October 1-4. During the visit, he helped distribute aid to refugees from the war in Ukraine and witnessed ongoing humanitarian efforts aided by the Order’s Ukraine Solidarity Fund — including initiatives of the Greek- and Latin-rite Churches in Ukraine and an orphanage run by the Archdiocese of Częstochowa, Poland.