You Did Not Forget us

You did not forget us...

This Christmas, we want to be a lifeline for the vulnerable

"You did not forget us..."

Grigore and his four children live in an unfinished house along a muddy, unmade road in a small village in Moldova. The cement floor is covered with rugs to keep it warm and the bare walls are cement grey. This Christmas two family members will be absent: Grigore's wife died just a month after the death of their baby boy.

After my wife died, some people told me to send my children to an orphanage – but I love them more than anything. I couldn't do that.

 

Victorita, his eldest, is only 12, but she has become like a mother to them all. "Victorita has had a hard time of it," says Grigore, "but she gets them dressed and ready for kindergarten as well as herself."

When the children's mother was still alive she oversaw the home, giving Grigore the opportunity to find better paid jobs is Chisnau, the capital of Moldova. Now he is a single parent he has to work locally. "I can't go anywhere now," he says, "The children are too little, they need me. At the moment I'm working on construction in the village."

Last year Grigore didn't feel like celebrating Christmas, but as he says:

Everything I do is for the children... so I went and got the Christmas tree out. You should've seen their happy faces as they helped put it together.

 

And real festive joy was added when MWB came to the house with an Operation Christmas Love box filled with food, Christmas treats and Christian Literature. The children's eyes shone with excitement and joy as they carefully took out the presents in the box and arranged them under the tree. "We'll be able to think of something special to cook for Christmas now that we have this food," says Grigore.

Many people MWB work with are facing an ongoing struggle finding employment following the pandemic. The ongoing war in eastern Ukraine has caused great pain with families losing loved ones and children going hugnry and suffering from PTSD.

This year, we want to reach out to more children and families than ever before and distribute 42,000 Christmas boxes. You responded so wonderfully last year and helped bring joy and hope to families like Grigore's. Please will you help again. 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 children to enjoy a happy, carefree time full of good food and joyful memories. And 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.

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42,000

Operation Christmas Love boxes are planned for distribution to children across Eastern Europe this winter.

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