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[FAR Yerevan]: This Year’s Chocolate Bank to Engage U.S. Parishes image

Two years ago a very successful initiative of FAR brought some extra holiday joy to some of the most vulnerable children in Armenia. More than 800 children who live in the dangerous Tavush Region, on the border with Azerbaijan and well within the range of frequent cross-border gunfire, received gifts of candy and chocolate just in time for the holidays. The “Chocolate Bank” initiative, which was organized by FAR’s own Helena Melkonyan and Anna Grigoryan, raised enough money from concerned Armenians in Yerevan to collect more than 500 kilos of sweets for these children from 260 families covered by FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP). The initiative was a huge success and brought plenty of happiness to some children who really, really needed it.

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