As Russia's attack on Ukraine gets more and more intense, more than 2.5 million people have fled the country. Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse is tryinng to bring some joy to Ukrainian refugee children as many flock to Moldova. Partnering with a church in Moldova, each child has been given an Operation Christmas Child shoebox of toys and other supplies.
Franklin writes, "God had a plan for these boxes to arrive to Moldova after the holidays because now they are able to give them to the precious refugee children. Pastor Alex said that giving the children the shoebox gifts helps calm the stress and anxiety of the parents and the kids. It shows them love and gives the kids and parents something to smile about.
"The children receive new toys and can play with the other refugee children staying there too. It helps create a happier environment and lets them forget the trauma of their circumstances for a little while. Thank you to Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child for this incredible ministry tool. Once parents and their children are in a safe, warm shelter, and have a good meal, and the children are settled with their shoeboxes, our church partners can share Jesus' love with them."
Samaritan's Purse is responding to growing needs in Eastern Europe as fighting continues in Ukraine. They have Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) members on the ground in Ukraine, Poland, and Moldova, and a nearly 60-bed Emergency Field Hospital will operate on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine.
You can help by donating to Samaritan's Purse HERE.