Packed with Prayer and Hope for Kids in Ukraine

May 4, 2022 • Ukraine

Samaritan’s Purse teams are filling children’s backpacks with carefully selected special items and Gospel booklets in Ukrainian.

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Samaritan’s Purse is delivering backpacks filled with special gifts to displaced children in Ukraine. These backpacks are filled with carefully selected items such as winter caps, simple toys, sketchpads/notebooks, crayons, and small teddy bears stenciled with a message of God’s love written in Ukrainian.

These supplies are accompanied by booklets translated into Ukrainian—one containing encouraging words from Scripture and another, The Greatest Gift, telling the story of how God revealed His love for us through His Son. The latter resource is often given to children during Operation Christmas Child outreach events to introduce them to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Please continue to pray for displaced families that they would know they’re not alone and that God loves them. Pray also for our teams and church partners that they would be strengthened and protected as they serve so many hurting people in Jesus’ Name.

Samaritan's Purse continues to care for families in need, which includes millions of children living in frightful circumstances.

Samaritan’s Purse continues to care for families in need, which includes millions of children living in frightful circumstances.

An estimated 12 million Ukrainians have fled their homes since conflict began there in February. Many of those millions are women and children seeking refuge in other locations within their own country. Others have rushed to safety in places like Moldova and Poland.

Samaritan’s Purse has been working in the region since the early days of the conflict, bringing medical teams and supplies aboard our DC-8. We’ve established an Emergency Field Hospital in Lviv and also operate several outpatient clinics and mobile medical units in different parts of Ukraine. So far, we’ve treated more than 7,000 patients.

Additional DC-8 airlifts have brought in medical supplies, food, clothing, hygiene kits, and more personnel. Through a faithful network of churches, we are now facilitating the distribution of hundreds of tons of food and other needed relief items inside Ukraine.

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Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine Samaritan's Purse is responding to growing needs in Eastern Europe as fighting continues in Ukraine. Millions of refugees have fled to nearby countries; millions more are displaced within Ukraine. We have scores of Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) members on the ground in Ukraine, as well as additional staffers in Moldova and Poland. Among our relief efforts, we're providing medical care in western, southwestern, and central Ukraine. We're also working with church partners to distribute food and non-food relief items.

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