The volunteers of the Patriarchal Humanitarian Mission in Donetsk provide assistance to those in need

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The volunteers of the Patriarchal Humanitarian Mission began to help the needy residents of Donetsk. Volunteers come to the homes of the elderly, the disabled, large and needy families, as well as victims of the armed conflict. Such people receive individual assistance: food, clothing, medicines, care and hygiene products. Regular assistance is organized by two staff members of the Patriarchal Humanitarian Mission and volunteers who travel to Donetsk in shifts.
During the first weeks of work, employees and volunteers processed more than 200 requests. Applications are received through the Church's social assistance hotline 8 800 70 70 222, as well as from various foundations with which the Church cooperates.
Targeted work with needy residents of the city will complement the assistance provided by Orthodox volunteers in three hospitals in Donetsk since October 2022. Volunteers of the Rybinsk diocese work at the Donetsk Republican Trauma Center, volunteers of the Central Clinical Hospital of St. Alexy, Metropolitan of Moscow, at the Central City Hospital No. 14, volunteers of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service at the Kalinin Hospital. They help to take care of patients: wash them, feed them, change their clothes, change diapers, take them for a walk, help doctors with procedures and transportation of patients. Volunteers help to find relatives and contact them, communicate with lonely patients who are not visited by anyone. Volunteers help with household issues: they clean the premises, help in the kitchen, deliver lunches to the departments. In 2023, more than 700 Orthodox volunteers visited Donetsk.
"More than once in Donetsk, we have faced a situation when we come to the address to provide social assistance, and it turns out that people live in even more difficult conditions in the next apartment. Of course, we get involved in every such situation. There is really a lot of work here, but our hands are not enough," says Dmitry Tagil, an employee of the Synodal Department for Charity. — We invite everyone who has a week of free time to join. We will provide travel from Moscow to Donetsk, as well as accommodation and meals. Now we especially need care professionals, lawyers and car volunteers in their own cars."
To become a social volunteer in the conflict zone, you need to fill out a questionnaire or call the church social assistance hotline "Mercy": 8 800 70 70 222. The Synodal Department for Charity collects funds for assistance in the conflict zone on the help.rf website.
The Russian Orthodox Church has been helping the victims since the first days of the armed conflict. The Synodal Charity Department has allocated over 437.4 million rubles to help refugees and injured civilians. The Church has collected, purchased and transferred more than 2,230 tons of humanitarian aid to the conflict zone. More than 2,000 Orthodox volunteers traveled to the war zone to care for hospital patients and provide social assistance to the victims.

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