Fr. John Kowalczyk Blesses Lenten Relief Items For Ukraine - 04/10/2022
St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, reached out during Great Lent in helping the suffering refugees in the Ukraine. Every week, Parishioners brought items needed for these special displaced Ukrainian women and children.
On Sunday, April 10, following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, a special blessing was offered by Fr. John Kowalczyk and Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak for the huge amount of items collected, which included the following: 200 new pairs of shoes and sneakers, baby formula, baby food, diapers, wipes, soap, toothbrushes & toothpaste, children's Tylenol and adult Tylenol, sleeping bags, linens, crayons, small toys, winter clothing, first aid supplies, non-perishable food, dry cereal, Ramen soups, and much more. The items were transported by parishioners in trucks on Tuesday evening, April 12, to Scranton for packaging and will be sent to the Ukraine in time for Pascha.
In addition, $3,000.00 will be wired to benefit displaced orphans in the Ukraine. We give a special thank you to Susan Schlasta for all her help in organizing this project.