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.
Even the little nightstand cabinets next to the beds are literally falling apart.
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!