• Doug Brendel

A crummy shower

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

Hi! I hope you’re having a fabulous summer. In the midst of all the fun, would you please consider helping meet a very special need?


The children at Volozhin, the western part of Belarus, really need us. So do their parents, and the workers caring for them, in the hospital there. (You can see my original photo report here, if you wish.) But here’s the bottom line: I hope we can put in just one new shower for the moms who have to live at the hospital while their children are in treatment.

(It’s not like the U.S. … Parents have to provide lots of the care when their kids go into the hospital.)

The makeshift shower they have in the children’s ward — the nurses built it themselves, as best they could — it splashes water all over the place. To put in a brand-new modern one would take just $275.97. Could you give part of this?


Maybe 10 friends giving $27.60 each? Or 5 friends giving $55.19?

If we receive any extra funds, we could also provide new cribs and mattresses for the youngest children.

As you can see in the photo report, some of their cribs now are actually nailed together.

Each crib-and-mattress together will take just $80.28, or a total of $802.82.

Their cafeteria also really needs help, but I don’t know if we can go that far.

They really need 4 tables for grown-ups with 4 chairs each, 2 children’s tables with high chairs, and 4 other pieces of cafeteria equipment for a total of $1,254.41.

I haven’t made any promises. I’ve just said we’ll do what we can.

This fall, others will need the help of New Thing. So I’d say, whatever we can do this summer, let’s do it.

What can we do? Let me know what you think.

Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,

Doug Brendel

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