Dear in the Lord Parish Rectors, Directors & Teachers of Parish and Sunday schools:
With our blessing and in the framework of the initiated program "School Piggy Bank," the Prince Vladimir Youth Association, along with the Synodal Youth Department, is organizing financial assistance to the Efimovskaya Special Boarding School for orphans in the Leningrad region. The boarding school is currently raising and educating over 100 children. The main contingent of students are children left without parental care. Most of these children never had a home and they did not know of parental warmth. Many of them have complex diagnoses or terminal diseases. As life shows, the years that they spend in the boarding school are brightest and most memorable in their difficult lives.
The Prince Vladimir Youth Association is organizing a youth choir trip to St. Petersburg, during which the young singers will hold concerts for clergy and parishioners, and will relay the funds raised in our parishes.
We appeal to you to help support these poor orphans. Every penny donated by your children will mean a great deal. Collected funds will be of great use and support to these parentless children. They will be especially happy to know that children their age provided this help.
Christian love is expressed in actions. We hope that during Great Lent, your children will express their love for God and their neighbor by helping these children in need, which will also be a stimulus to Christian spiritual growth.
Moneys should be collected from February 25 to April 9 (Palm Sunday, inclusive). Checks should be written out to the Prince Vladimir Youth Association. The transfer of cash should be arranged with the Senior Priest of the Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign” in New York, Archpriest Andrei Sommer at (646) 320-7382 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. After the trip, all parish schools will be provided a report on how their collected donations were used.
I thank you in advance, invoking divine blessings on your God-pleasing labors.
With love in Christ,
Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad