Looking forward to Thanksgiving

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Only 2 days to go!

I’m very much looking forward to sending a Thanksgiving Day message to “The Great Kozovaya,” telling her we’ve met the challenge and she can tell the disabled children at Osipovichi: “Meds are on the way!”

I hope you’ll be a part of this.

If you haven’t already contributed, please act now. (Every penny donated will go into Belarus, even after we’ve met the goal.)

And on Thanksgiving Day, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you made life a little bit more comfortable for children in need in a faraway place.

Thank you for journeying with us!

Much love,
Doug Brendel
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“Mommy, I feel hot”

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A bit of Tylenol … that’s all it would take, to ease that child’s fever.
You go to the medicine cabinet, and 5 minutes later, your little one is smiling again.
Playing, laughing … happy.
It’s different for some children, though.
Like the disabled children in the state-run boarding school at Osipovichi, Belarus.
The official budget covers the special meds and supplies they need for their unique mental and physical conditions.
But not the basic “normal” stuff you find in your own bathroom:
No over-the-counter painkillers, no Band-Aids, no cotton balls.
Friends of New Thing rewrite the Osipovichi story.
As we prepare to celebrate our own Thanksgiving, we give the workers and children there something to be thankful for, too:
 
A full year’s worth of basic meds and medical supplies, for all the disabled children at Osipovichi.
It takes a total of $3,642.12.
But two of our friends have stepped up to offer this challenge:
 
If we can raise $1,642.12, they’ll give the remaining $2,000.
So I’m hoping for 30 friends to give a “Thanksgiving gift” of $54.74 today.
Or maybe you can be one of 17 friends giving $96.60.
But whatever gift you can give today, large or small, you’ll be doing a beautiful thing.

My prayer is that I can send a Thanksgiving Day message to “The Great Kozovaya,” the humble little woman who leads our “Response of the Heart” team in Belarus, and give her the good news for the workers and children at Osipovichi:
“Meds and supplies are on their way!”
Please let me hear from you ASAP. Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel
P.S. You can meet the kids via our previous photo reports from Osipovichi here:

What you did on their summer vacation

I think you’ll love these photos from the awesome SUMMER CAMP experience that friends of New Thing made possible for some very special kids in Belarus!
(Widen your browser to enjoy the photos fully.)
Thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
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3 pieces of good news!…

IMG_5782GOOD NEWS TIMES 3:
1. I’m happy to report that a total of 19 households responded (1 of them twice) to the need of the children, parents, and workers at Volozhin hospital.
We have made the goal!
We’re going to be able to install a new shower and provide cribs, mattresses, high chairs, and dining room tables and chairs for the smallest children and their families.
Cause for celebration!
2. At the same time, we got incredible news from Belarus:
Longstanding restrictions on foreigners entering the country have been dramatically relaxed:
We can now visit Belarus without a visa for as long as 30 days!
After what we (and The Great Kozovaya) have gone through over the years to secure entrance visas for us and for American visitors, this is truly incredible.
3. At the same time, the president of Belarus has issued a new directive to his government to cooperate as fully as possible with groups providing humanitarian aid to Belarus.
This turnaround is absolutely fabulous.
We may now be able to help more people in need, more efficiently and effectively, than ever before — maybe more than we ever imagined!
So I thank you for journeying with us, and I warmly invite you to continue supporting this work of compassion in the former USSR.
(It would be awesome if you could make a monthly pledge of any amount. Click here for an easy way to do it.)
It’s beautiful to see how far your generosity goes in the lives of orphans, abused children, the sick, the disabled, the homeless, the elderly, and others in need!
Much love,
Doug Brendel

High chairs for the littlest kids?

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I promised you an update on our efforts to provide a new working shower at the hospital in Volozhin, Belarus.

I am grateful for the 13 friends who came forward.
Their generosity will enable us to install a shower and provide cribs and mattresses in the children’s ward.
But I’m hoping we can also provide high chairs for the smallest children in the dining area, along with new tables and chairs to replace the rickety old wooden ones they’re using now.
To do all of this, we’re only short by $338.75.
So I’m hoping we have 5 friends who’ll give $67.75 each — or perhaps 10 friends to give $33.88 each.
Maybe you could be one of them? Think about it and let me know.
In any event, thanks for journeying with us!
Much love,
Doug Brendel