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Greetings to all who have followed the compassionate work of New Thing in the former USSR!

If you’ve thought about giving a donation but haven’t yet, now would be a beautiful time.
Kristina leaves for Belarus in about 100 hours.
She’ll visit many of the children we’re helping, and the workers who are caring for them.
She’ll also visit the soup kitchen where we’re feeding homeless people every day in Minsk.
And she’ll file photo reports so you can travel along with her, and see what she’s seeing.
New Thing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your gift today will be deductible on your 2016 taxes as allowed by law.
Thanks, and happy New Year!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Something beautiful for Christmas!

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Here’s something beautiful you can take into Christmas….

Disabled children at Gorodeya, in Belarus, needed 20 new beds.
A cozy new bed, with a nice mattress and a mattress case, costs $94.
I asked the nearly 700 friends of New Thing to help.
The goal: Give every child a beautiful, brand-new bed for Christmas!
18 awesome households stepped forward to meet the need.
(You know who you are! THANK YOU!
And come Christmas morning, you’ll have the joy of knowing
you gave an amazing gift … a brand-new bed … to a disabled child in the former USSR!)
Thank you to all who opened your hearts so generously!
And to all … Thank you for journeying with New Thing.
May your Christmas be beautiful!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

Mail call! Christmas beds update…

Mail call! We’re now at $1101 on our way to the $1880 goal for Christmas beds for disabled children in the Belarusian town of Gorodeya. Thank you to all who have given so generously! Each bed (with mattress and mattress cover) is just $94. Any Christmas contribution will make a beautiful difference! Click here to donate. Thank you!

A new bed for Christmas?

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A child snuggles into bed on Christmas Eve, wriggling with anticipation for the morning to come.
It’s one of the most pleasing things about Christmas … seeing how a child loves it.

But there’s something different happening in the Belarusian town of Gorodeya, 60 miles southwest of Minsk.

There’s a boarding school here, where 103 children live.
They’re disabled, physically or mentally or both.
12 of them are orphans.
Some of them have adequate beds.
But 20 of them don’t. Their beds are wretched. Decrepit. Uncomfortable.
Not good for snuggling!
Here’s my idea:
With a mattress and a mattress case for each and every one.
It only takes $94 to provide 1 bed, 1 mattress, and 1 mattress case for a child at Gorodzeya.
Maybe you could give a Christmas gift to provide one, or maybe more.
Or if you can’t go that high, maybe give $47 and let me combine your gift with someone else’s.
I honestly don’t think we can get new beds delivered by Christmas morning.
(Or even by Russian Orthodox Christmas, which is January 7th.)
But I would love to say to the director at Gorodeya,
“Tell the children, on Christmas Day, that friends in America will give them new beds!
And we’ll get the new beds there absolutely as quickly as possible.
As soon as I can, of course, I’ll get you photos of the children and the beds.
What do you think?
I hope to hear from you quickly.
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel