• Doug Brendel

A new bed for Christmas?

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

A child snuggles into bed on Christmas Eve, wriggling with anticipation for the morning to come. It’s one of the most pleasing things about Christmas … seeing how a child loves it. But there’s something different happening in the Belarusian town of Gorodeya, 60 miles southwest of Minsk.

There’s a boarding school here, where 103 children live.

They’re disabled, physically or mentally or both.

12 of them are orphans.

Some of them have adequate beds.

But 20 of them don’t. Their beds are wretched. Decrepit. Uncomfortable.

Not good for snuggling!

Here’s my idea:

We could give every one of these children a brand-new bed for Christmas.

With a mattress and a mattress case for each and every one.

It only takes $94 to provide 1 bed, 1 mattress, and 1 mattress case for a child at Gorodzeya.

Maybe you could give a Christmas gift to provide one, or maybe more.

Or if you can’t go that high, maybe give $47 and let me combine your gift with someone else’s.

I honestly don’t think we can get new beds delivered by Christmas morning.

(Or even by Russian Orthodox Christmas, which is January 7th.)

But I would love to say to the director at Gorodeya,

“Tell the children, on Christmas Day, that friends in America will give them new beds!

And we’ll get the new beds there absolutely as quickly as possible.

As soon as I can, of course, I’ll get you photos of the children and the beds.

What do you think?

I hope to hear from you quickly.

Thanks for journeying with us!

Much love,

Doug Brendel

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