2013 CHRISTMAS APPEAL
With a busy holiday season fast approaching, we will be reuniting with family, wrapping the gifts, decorating and feeling excited as when we were kids.
Fourteen years ago, Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS) organized our first "Yelka", a modest Russian Christmas and New Year’s Party in Moscow. It has grown to become one of Russia’s most important Yelka celebrations. Each year, from 1,000 to over 2,000 children participate in RCWS’s Yelka festivities.
This year’s event will be held at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour’s concert hall on December 25th. RCWS reserved 1,270 tickets for children who will have an opportunity to see this year’s holiday music show "The Copper Bell" and receive a gift. For most of these children it is the only present they will receive throughout the year. Some children will travel great distances to attend, coming from orphanages in Yaroslavl, Ryazan, Kislovodsk, and the Smolensk, Pskov, Tula, and Moscow regions. A trip to the Yelka celebration and the opportunity to see the capital is something that every participant will cherish. RCWS covers travel expenses for the children from other regions and towns.
To continue our holiday tradition, RCWS personnel and volunteers together with "Ded Moroz" (Russian Santa Claus) will visit pediatric hospitals in Moscow to distribute gifts and bring cheer to hundreds of sick children who are unable to travel. Among the organizations included are the Rehabilitation Center "Detstvo" in the Moscow region, the "Kupel"’ Center, children’s clinics at the Central Research Stomatological Institute and the Sechenov Academy. After the celebration, all participants will be invited to have tea with delicious Russian cakes and sweets. In spite of their debilitating conditions, and in some cases severe diagnoses, the children enthusiastically anticipate a visit from the RCWS’s Ded Moroz. As Ludmilla Koroleva, RCWS Moscow Director describes it: "Little patients are eager to sing, read poems, even stage a show. Children remain children and they want to have fun and celebrate one of their favorite holidays even in the hospital halls. Their performances and excitement are the most touching part of the RCWS Yelka celebration, often bringing tears to the eyes of the adults."
This December, over 1,400 children will participate in the holiday celebrations sponsored by RCWS. Due to an increase in ticket prices and transportation expenses, it will require nearly $60 per child to underwrite these costs. Your support is vital in organizing our 14th Yelka celebration. Please help us continue the tradition of bringing holiday cheer to sick and orphaned children in Russia.
In addition to the Yelka event, the RCWS provides scholarships for orphans, sponsors medical treatment for children with facial deformities, and assists orphanages and families that take care of abandoned children. For all of these efforts, we rely on your compassion and kindness.
We thank all of you who have supported us for your generosity and wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Vladimir P. Fekula
President & CEO
What Your Donation Can Do...
$50 would provide lunches for one child at a school during one full academic year.
$100 will cover a blood sugar monitoring device that will serve 25 orphans with diabetes.
$150 will provide a new bed for a child at an orphanage. Many orphans sleep on beds that were purchased 20-25 years ago and no longer meet sanitary or safety requirements.
$250 will cover a sewing machine for an orphanage allowing teens to make their own clothing and obtain vocational training skills.
$500 will cover an annual supply of vitamins for 50 orphans.
$1,500 will cover an industrial washing machine for an orphanage that takes care of over 100 children, where laundry is still done by hands.
$2,000 will cover an annual scholarship for an orphanage graduate. Learn more...
$2,500 will restore the life of a child with severe facial deformity. There is a waiting list at the Moscow Center for Children's Maxillofacial Surgery for children in need of reconstructive surgeries. Learn more...
$10,000 will cover a minivan for an orphanage in a rural area, providing kids with an opportunity to visit distant educational, cultural and/or medical facilities.
Read stories about how RCWS has helped children and students prevail. Read more
RCWS has always received support from artists and others who have, among other things, performed at various RCWS fundraisers including the Petroushka Ball.