Candy Cane Quiz!

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Candy canes: yummy or yucky?

The children of Uzda, Belarus, offer their answer here.
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Thanks for journeying with New Thing!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

When a child is hurting…

It’s a beautiful thing to see a child go from sad to happy.
That’s what’s happening at the hospital at Volozhin, in Belarus.
I believe these photos will warm your heart in this New Year!
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Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel
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I am brimming with pride and joy!
Generous friends of New Thing have FULLY FUNDED the children’s ward at Shumilina Hospital in Belarus!
Every child will have a new bed, a new visitor chair, and a new private nightstand cabinet!
Thank you so much to every dear soul who contributed.
And special thanks to the two friends who led the charge with the Matching Challenge, contributing two beds for every one bed donated.
I am so grateful!
I already sent word to “The Great Kozovaya” to give Head Doctor Constantin the good news about our Christmas present to the children of Shumilina, and her reply made me laugh out loud:
Dr. Constantine, he did not believe his ears! Even his bald head sweated with excitement! He asked to convey a big thanks to you and the sponsors for your help!
I think you’ll also smile when you see the children and workers at Rudensk, in a lively new photo report here.
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Thank you again … and merry Christmas!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Worst beds in the world?

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I’ve never seen such awful beds, in any children’s institution in Belarus, as I saw in the old hospital at Shumilina (“shoe ME lean uh”), about 25 miles from the Russian border.
There are no box springs, just flimsy wire mesh. I sat on one and sank almost to the floor.
You can see 3 photos of them here.

The hospital simply does not have the money to replace the beds.
Even the little nightstand cabinets next to the beds are literally falling apart.
Could we give them new beds for Christmas? One new bed is only $84.93.
And two friends have stepped up to offer this Christmastime Challenge:
For every bed provided by a friend like you, each of them will provide another bed.
They only need 21 beds total.
We could replace EVERY BED IN THE CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT of the Shumilina Hospital.
And if there’s any extra, we’ll provide a nightstand and a visitor’s chair for each child, too.
I don’t know what kinds of gifts you’re planning for family and friends this Christmas.
But I hope you will look kindly on the children of Shumilina, and provide a bed, or part of a bed.
Whatever you give will be multiplied by 3, up to the total of 21 beds.
Let me hear from you soon, please.
I’d love to send a Christmas message to Shumilina with the good news that every child in their hospital can have a brand-new, excellent bed.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel