“There was a time when everything was broken”

"I don’t want to imagine what I would do without MWB..."

Battling poverty at Christmas in Moldova

“I would give the little food I had to my children, telling them I wasn’t hungry.”

"Sylvia's voice trembled. A single mother, she has a job as a cleaner, but her wages are too low to provide her their daily needs.

"I had two choices – to break down and give up, or to just keep moving no matter what. I chose the second.


Her son Vasile is confined to a wheelchair. Silvia struggles to afford his medication and he needs to be home-chooled because the long bumpy roads make it impossible for him to go to school.

"I don't want to imagine what I would do without MWB's help with monthly food and hygiene parcels." Sylvia told us.

Christmas is fast approaching. While this is usually a difficult time for families living in poverty, the Trifan family are excited. The Mission Without Borders coordinator who supports them is bringing an Operation Christmas Love (OCL) parcel to their home, filled with food, goodies and literature about the true meaning of Christmas.

As they eagerly opened the box, Silvia quickly decided on the Christmas menu from what she found. The children happily opened a packet of biscuits and began to share them.

"Let's eat two now, and save the rest for Christmas," Iuiana said to her brother. Then teased him: "Let's see you hold to that even for five minutes - I know how much you love sweets!"

Operation Christmas Love takes the pressure off hard-working mothers like Silvia, and gives children like Vasile and Iuiana the chance to have a happy, carefree Christmas full of good food and joyful memories.

This year, we hope to deliver 42,000 OCL parcels across six countries in Eastern Europe to the people who need them the most.

A gift of £25 will cover the distribution and contents of one box and enable a family in need to share with you the true meaning of Christmas, and for families and children to enjoy good food and build joyful memories. If you were able to make a very special gift of £100, this would cover the cost of four boxes for four families in a local community. Please do respond today as we do need to deliver parcels by 11th December, 2021, at the latest.

With your support, we can bring joy and peace to many families this Christmas.



42,000 vulnerable individuals and families are waiting to receive an Operation Christmas Love box this year

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