UOC of the USA Reaches Out to the Refugees from Donetsk and Luhansk Regions of Ukraine
Some 180 men, women and children became recipients of $30,000 collected by the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA as well the members of the Ukrainian National Women’s Organization and Ukrainian Heritage Club of Northern California that partnered with the UOC of the USA in delivering financial assistance to those in need, especially to the dislocated population of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Bishop Daniel, Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy and President of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA along with Very Rev. Bazyl Zawierucha (Pastor of Holy Assumption Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Northampton, PA and Academic Dean of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ) on May 7, 2015 visited LOGOS Orthodox Christian Center outside of Kyiv.
Considering the latest escalation of fighting on the Eastern front of the armed conflict, the delegation of the UOC of the USA followed the advice of the local authorities and postponed the visit to the immediate villages around Debaltsevo, Maryinka, etc. However, the most recent refugees from these areas benefitted from the visit of the Church’s delegation. Each person and family received monetary support, while the children in residence were treated to ice cream, which definitely ensured a great amount of love and attention to Vladyka Daniel, who with the permission of the parents, declared the establishment of an ice cream social hour in the center.