ROC has collected 3 million rubles to the needy thanks to the refusal of the Bishop from gifts

© RIA Novosti / Konstantin to Collabourate in photoboxes mercyROC has collected 3 million rubles to the needy thanks to the refusal of the Bishop from gifts© RIA Novosti / Konstantin to Collabourate the image Bank

Almost three million roubles were collected to support the needy in response to the call of the Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo Panteleimon not to give gifts on birthday, and to support «Charity».

«Dear friends… this year I decided to do what I just did in my childhood — to order a gift… will support «Charity» with a small donation. Let it be very small — 50 or 100, but regular, e.g., every month. If a lot of people will sacrifice every month even at 50 rubles, our projects will be saved, and our team will believe in its future,» wrote the Bishop on his page in Facebook.

© Photo : photo provided by the St. Petersburg diocese Volunteers «Bus of mercy» distribute Lunches to the homeless on Atamanskaya street St. PetersburgROC has collected 3 million rubles to the needy thanks to the refusal of the Bishop from gifts© Photo : photo provided by the St. Petersburg diocese Volunteers «Bus of mercy» distribute Lunches to the homeless on Atamanskaya street St. Petersburg

The entire amount was collected for three days: almost 300 thousand rubles were collected by the audience of the Orthodox TV channel «Spas» in the framework of the charity program «live», which was entirely devoted to the work of the service «Mercy».

«Today «Mercy» is among the five largest charity organizations of Russia. Here in a year receive a one-time assistance to approximately 30,000 people. Constant care services, about 2 000 of lonely elderly people, children and adults with disabilities, orphans, the poor. An annual budget of more than 400 million rubles, but there is not sure you will be able to continue in 2018 to help those in need in the same amount — the deficit of the charity project «Mercy» for the coming year is 12 million per month. Save the situation can be regular donations,» — said the press service.

© Photo : photo courtesy of the press service of the Novosibirsk Metropolitan RPCV the House for mom, opened at the Novosibirsk dioceseROC has collected 3 million rubles to the needy thanks to the refusal of the Bishop from gifts© Photo : photo courtesy of the press service of the Novosibirsk Metropolitan RPCV the House for mom, opened at the Novosibirsk diocese

Orthodox service of assistance brings together 27 social projects and annually provides assistance to tens of thousands of needy, seriously ill children and adults, orphans, lonely elderly people and the disabled, the homeless and HIV-positive. Among the service projects «Mercy» — the crisis center «Home for mothers», centre of the family unit, Holy Spiridonievsky hospice, rehabilitation Centre for children with cerebral palsy and others. More than 80% of the «Charity» exists on donations.

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