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

Awesome news!


Greetings from Karl Marx Street!

I am thrilled to report that a total of 30 friends gave to provide basic meds for the disabled children at Osipovichi for the entire coming year!
Thank you to every generous soul who responded to this need!
Meanwhile, I’ve just returned from Zhodino, where we’ve supported the shelter for abused and abandoned children.
(Widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.)
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Leavin’ on a jet plane

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I’m a couple hours away from leaving for Belarus.

I hope to be able to tell Director Larisa that we can provide a year’s worth of basic medicines for the disabled children at the boarding school at Osipovichi.

But we’re still $1,747.12 short of the goal.
I hope there are 10 friends who can give a major gift of $174.71 right now … or 20 friends who can give $87.36 each.
Or if you can give $58.24 you’ll be 1 of 30 friends coming together for this very good cause.
Whatever you can give right now will make a beautiful impact.
When a disabled child has a headache, or a runny nose … or needs a diaper changed… 
or scrapes a knee and needs a little ointment and gauze…
Your love will make the difference.
Thank you in advance.
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Short of meds

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Hi again!

I’m grateful for the 7 friends who have donated a total of $1,025 toward medicines and other basics for the disabled children at Osipovichi in Belarus.
But we still need $2,617.12 to meet the whole $3,642.12 need.
If you’ve thought about giving a Thanksgiving gift to help these kids, and the workers giving their lives to care for them, please do so now.
I leave for Belarus just 10 days from now, and I hope to be able to tell Director Larisa at Osipovichi that she can order the next year’s worth of meds for the kids.
Thanks for anything you can do today.
Much love,
Doug Brendel
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For Thanksgiving … meds?

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What will we do for Thanksgiving?

Same question, every year.

What for dinner? Who’ll be at the table?

But for me, Thanksgiving isn’t just about food. It’s about medicine.

And it’s not just about my own family.

It’s about my adopted family. In Belarus. In the former Soviet Union.

At a boarding school for profoundly disabled children in the town of Osipovichi, the medicines are running out.

I mean simple meds, like you and I grab from the bathroom cabinet. And basics like gauze, and cotton balls.

I love these kids. I love these workers.

Each year, as Thanksgiving Day approaches, I ask our New Thing family to reach out in love to the children, and to the workers giving their lives to care for them.

It’s a beautiful annual Thanksgiving tradition for us — giving these children a year’s worth of medicine.

It will take a total of $3,642.12.

If every friend of New Thing will give whatever they can, we can make the goal.

Maybe 20 friends can give $182.11 each. Or maybe 40 friends can give $91.06 each.
Maybe you can be 1 of 60 friends giving $60.70 each.
Whatever you can give, large or small, will make a very real and practical difference for a disabled child.

And if we go over the goal, every penny will still go totally into Belarus, to care for people in need.
So I hope to hear from you soon.
Then, on Thanksgiving Day, as you celebrate with those you love, you’ll have the satisfaction of remembering what you did today.
You helped disabled children, in a far-off land. They’ll have the meds they need … thanks to you.
I’ll keep you posted on our progress.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel