Mother’s Day. Shall we help?

The Lugansk City Center for Social Services is assisting 13 families with foster children.
You know some of them. For example, the Testeshnikovs, whose daughter Kristina is an insulin-dependent diabetic. We’ve brought her test-strips more than once.
The Testeshnikovs actually have two foster daughters, and not only Kristina has health problems. The second girl has heart problems.
The Testeshnikovs took in the two girls when they were not very young, and at the time they were healthy. The problems appeared later. They did not give the girls back. What do you think–is it right, and incorrect, for me to view this father and mother as heroes? And incorrect when they behave otherwise? Because it’s normal for many people return foster kids when they discover these types of problems. When they discover pathologies and disabilities, even after many years of living together. How many stories like that did we hear in orphanages. Therefore I’m happy even in situations where it should be a normal thing to do.
The parents love the girls and are doing their best to take care of them.

The Center’s list includes about 32 kids from 13 families.
As far as I am concerned, people who take in foster kids are in a category all of their own. I probably wouldn’t be able to do that.
It’s a very complex matter. These kids have to be loved more than your own. And if you can yell a bit at your own, it’s much more complicated with foster ones.
Right now the benefits these families receive are tiny. Minimal. There are also multi foster-child families like that, which became that way before the war and never thought something like this was possible. And that it would last for as long as it did. The war has made its own choices. And, as you know, it’s the elderly, disabled, multi-child families, single mothers, that suffer the most during wartime…
The photos show a few families from among those who are on the Center’s aid list.

On November 25, it will be Mother’s Day.
The Center is preparing a celebration, but there are no presents for the kids, and especially not for the mothers.
So–shall we help the center organize the celebration?
The moms could use some small presents, and the kids candy and mandarin oranges.
We’ve organized presents for the Family Day, remember? You can’t imagine how much joy this gives the kids.
The parents squeeze out the last pennies to make the kids happy somehow. Many of them are happy at such seemingly trivial things that others don’t pay attention to.
So perhaps we’ll make a little surprise for the moms and their kids?
I really like actions like that.
It’s so much joy, so much positive vibe!
These kids have been deprived of so much, their parents are suffering in the harsh reality of war.
Please label any contributions “Mother’s Day.”

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