Eight seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ gathered together at the Consistory Offices of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA on December 11-12, 2012 to accomplish the task of making Nativity of Christ alive in the lives of over 200 orphans of Ukrainian orphanages that are sponsored by the UOC of the USA. For two days in a row, the seminarians packed boxes with humanitarian aid, especially Montessori equipment, designated for two orphanages in Central and Eastern Ukraine. Finally, following the Vespers service for the feast day of St. Andrew the First-called Apostle on December 12, 2012, the seminarians delivered boxes to a shipping location in NJ, ready to travel to Ukraine.
Over the past several weeks the donations of clothing and arts&crafts were collected at the Consistory offices in order to be delivered to the children of Znamianka and Puhachiv orphanages in Ukraine. In addition, the Church run Orphanage Adoption program sponsored 12 large boxes of Montessori equipment for both orphanages. In must be mentioned that the very first Montessori center at the orphanage for children with special needs was opened two years ago, due to a full sponsorship of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, in Puhachiv orphanage, Zhytomyr region of Ukraine. His Grace Bishop Daniel, accompanied by the college age missionaries of the Church were present at the opening of the school and delivered humanitarian aid on behalf of the UOC of the USA.