By Margarita Piliposyan

FAR is very grateful to an important benefactor, Mr. John Thomas, who helped to make this Christmas a little more enjoyable for children in the Shamshadin region of Armenia.  The distribution of gift bags (which included candy, chocolate, toys, silver crosses and prayer cards) to fifty underprivileged children was administered by Der Aram, the only priest serving the region.

Despite the foggy weather on the day of the scheduled distribution, the beneficiary children traveled to the Tovuz village church on December 23rd to receive Der Aram’s blessings along with their gifts.  Prior to the gift bag distribution, Der Aram thanked Mr. John Thomas and FAR for injecting some Christmas cheer into the lives of the local children.

Two Beneficiaries Happy with Their Christmas Treats!

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The children were all elated and thankful for the unexpected Christmas gifts, which were quite a surprise to the youngsters.  During and after the distribution, children and their mothers approached FAR representatives to personally thank us, and to share their concerns.  FAR is very happy to have the support of special benefactors such as John Thomas, so that we may reach the most needy corners of Armenia, and help as many children as possible.

Saint Astvadzadzin Church, where the Distribution Took Place

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The Group of Beneficiaries with Their Families

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