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IF YOU HAD TO RUN AWAY FROM THE WAR, WHAT FOODS FROM YOUR PANTRY WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
Among the nearly 170 refugees from Ukraine who have passed through Charis so far, a 75-year-old lady from the Harkov area impressed us deeply.
Mrs. Larisa came at the end of the dinner in the kitchen with a black plastic bucket, covered with a bag. She took one by one out of the bucket: a bag of potatoes, a bag of onions and garlic, a few jars of vegetable spread, and smoked pork in lard, buckwheat, a big bag with bacon and some greens. She told us that she took them from her pantry when she ran away from home, stayed with them for two days in the subway station, then actually ran away for a few days to the border with Romania, all while carrying this bucket of food with her.
She proudly told us that they were from her pantry and that she had prepared them herself. Then she looked at us and said: ‘I don’t need them anymore … because today I feel safe. Please take them and give them to someone who needs them’.
Sometimes we carry with us burdens and weights that we hold dear. We feel free to abandon them only when we have the peace of mind that we are safe and that someone is caring for us.
You can also take care of one of these refugees fleeing the war. We encourage you to get involved today!