This year we took over 2,600 orphan children to McDonald’s to celebrate Jesus’ birthday in Ukraine! Our staff did an amazing job, once again, putting together a program that was EXTREMELY exciting (as you can see by the expression on the faces of the children, including me!). This year children from orphanages, villages and churches and schools all over Ukraine found out that there are people around the world who care about them! Thank you SO much to everyone who gave to make this a season of great JOY for these amazing kids.
McJoyful Christmas — Another Successful Year!
McJoyful Christmas in Ukraine was another HUGE success this year! Altogether, 2,722 children were treated to a Happy Meal, games and a wild party celebrating Jesus’ birthday! This was ‘YEAR 13’ for McJoyful and it’s still a BIG thrill!
One of our leaders (Lena Taran) was at the Sunrise Orphanage when some of the kids returned from McDonalds. She told me, «The kids were so excited that they had been to McDonalds. When I finally got them settled down, I asked them to set the toys (from the Happy Meals) on the windowsill, but they wouldn’t. They didn’t want to let the toys out of their sight!» Isn’t it amazing that kids would be SO excited about a toy that other kids usually toss away and forget?!
This blog post would NOT be complete without me sending a MASSIVE shout out to the wonderful people in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, who once again sold moose burgers and raised a WHOPPING 75 percent of the funds we needed!