Whole cities and villages have been laid to ruin, carefully decorated homes reduced to rubble, and family memories bound up in children’s drawings and photo albums have been set ablaze by shelling.
How do you begin to clean – never mind decorate – a house laid to waste? It seems that now Christmas lights and tinsel only exist in another universe.
And what do people do when the shops are gone and there is nowhere to purchase food, a Christmas feast is the last thing on your mind.
When bombs have blasted out all your windows and you no longer have electricity, presents for your children won’t exist.
This time last year, Dmytro and Tetyana had a happy and noisy Christmas at home with their four children in a small village in western Ukraine. Six months later, when Dmytro went out to his usual place of work, the car wash was struck by a missile, and he passed away.
At Mission Without Borders our local staff and volunteers have been in Ukraine from the beginning – and we will still be there this Christmas.
Our family worker, Olexandr, was there for Tetyana and her children when they moved to Sarny and needed support – and he was there when tragedy struck.
There are many more like Tetyana - who find themselves at war, at Christmas. That's why this year, with your support, we hope to send urgent food, hygiene parcels, firewood and briquettes to people in Ukraine who need it most - to people who have sheltered for weeks in basements, to broken families, to struggling farmers, to elderly people, and to children praying that the war would end.
Each dollar you send will help us provide essential food items to desperate families who have survived months of fear and anxiety.
People’s dread of winter is allayed by our love and practical help. It is truly because of people like you that those who are desperate and alone feel cared for and have hope.
Your donation can provide emergency food to a family or individual in need in Ukraine. Please donate today.