• Doug Brendel

A humbling Christmas

Updated: Sep 6, 2019


As Christmas approaches, I am humbled by the generosity of New Thing’s friends.

We received generous gifts to provide up-to-date food system containers for the hospital in Ushachi, and another heartwarming wave of support to provide care for Yuri’s widow and son for the foreseeable future.

December has been a hard month this year — losing Yuri was a blow that we’ll feel for a long time — but I’m deeply grateful for everyone who gave in response to these serious needs.

Your compassion has brought joy to the workers at Ushachi, who can now care for their patients far more effectively.

And when I told Vadim, Yuri’s son, of your great response to their need, he was stunned. They couldn’t conceive of such an outpouring of generosity.

“We have no words,” he said.

There’s a lot of junk in the world, but I thank you for being part of something so gratifying and good.

Much love, and a wonderful Christmas, to you and those you love.

Doug Brendel

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