On the eve of Great lent, the Church is called to help the homeless and the disabled

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On the eve of Great lent, the Church is called to help orphans, homeless and disabled people

MOSCOW, January 15 – RIA Novosti. Orthodox service of assistance «Mercy» have asked the Russians to take part in the action «Start the year with mercy» and thus give to survive hundreds of its wards, told RIA Novosti press-service of the organization.

In the campaign you can arrange a regular donation on the website newyear.miloserdie.ru by selecting LIBOR using one of the service projects, St. Elizabeth’s orphanage, or «the Hangar of salvation» for the homeless to help all the patients at once. On this site it is possible to know how much cost an hour of care for critically ill person, or a few hours of stay in the crisis center, pregnant women, homeless and assistance a family.

For Christmas «the Hangar of salvation» was visited by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. Before to share with the homeless dinner, he drew attention to the amount of attention that is paid in the modern world of technology, economy and external side of life. «It can help a person and can harm to go first; everyone who helps loving heart of another person. And if we have not hearts of stone, and loving, and we will not be homeless, and social disparities will be quickly addressed, and society will be more equitable than now,» — said the Primate of the Russian Church.

According to the head of the charity programs of the service «Mercy» Anna Belavina, regular donations allow her colleagues from year to year to help the needy. «Many of our wards, for example, the elderly or bedridden patients who live only thanks to the care of our nurses and every day need help,» she said. So, 334 of the ruble is one lesson in Elizabethan kindergarten», which are unable to speak and walk children with severe cerebral palsy. 450 rubles will cost 6 hours of care of lonely elderly residents of Holy Spiridonievsky the poorhouse. Most of them also cannot move on their own and require round the clock care.

Orthodox service of assistance «Mercy» 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. In addition to the «Hangar of salvation» Elizabethan orphanage and Holy Spiridonievsky almshouses, the service supports the crisis center «Home for mom» and the center of the family unit. More than 80% of the «Charity» exists on donations.

Great lent for Orthodox believers this year will start on February 19.