Lenten Folders

Donations made through Lenten folders at Ascension this year will be directed to the Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund (PWRDF) to help Ukrainian refugees at their borders. Lenten folders are available on the “holiday tree” in the Gathering Space. You can also make a donation without a folder. Here is a recent update from PWRDF:

Since Russia began rolling its tanks into Ukraine on Feb. 24, donations to PWRDF have flooded in, with an overwhelming $266,500 being raised in just a few short weeks.

PWRDF responded quickly with $20,000 to an appeal from ACT Alliance, which co-ordinates Christian aid agencies worldwide, but soon after changed that amount to $150,000 to both ACT Alliance and HelpAge International. As donations continue to come in, PWRDF will be disbursing more funds to our partners on the ground who are able to put money to good use right away.

Work with the ACT Alliance is with fellow member Hungarian Interchurch Aid, which is supporting Ukrainians as they make the long journey from their homes to the Hungarian border. 

HelpAge International is an organization that supports vulnerable seniors all over the world. HelpAge is using its funds in Moldova, which has already welcomed 250,000 Ukrainian refugees, many of them seniors.  

Samuel Wood, head of humanitarian at HelpAge, visited one border crossing area and reported: “We saw a fairly large number of older people arriving, as well as some people with disabilities who were being assisted in their journey. … Some of them had an idea of where they wanted to go, but not all. Many were desperately lacking information and guidance. The thing that struck me the most was the incredible spirit of the Ukrainian people we met, and the sense of camaraderie. Despite all the hardships, the older women we spoke to were smiling and joking. It is amazing to see people be so resilient and able to make jokes in such a situation.”

To support PWRDF for Lent, you can use the daily 25-cent slots in the Lenten folder or you can insert a cheque or cash for $10 (25 cents x 40 days) in the folder. Or you can use any of the ways listed above under “Easter Services”.

To support PWRDF for Lent, you can use the daily 25-cent slots in the Lenten folder or you can insert a cheque or cash for $10 (25 cents x 40 days) in the folder. 

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