Patriarch Kirill urges Russians to respond to the distress of the Far East, where from an unprecedented flood affected tens of thousands of residents.
"Dear brothers and sisters! Far Eastern region of our country is in distress. The flood, the likes of which has not happened in the history of the region, have suffered tens of thousands of residents of Khabarovsk, Amur and Jewish Autonomous Region, the element will also affect the South Urals (Chelyabinsk region). As a result, many people have lost their homes and possessions, and now are in the most difficult of circumstances.
Particularly affected is lonely and elderly people, people with disabilities, families with children, women with newborn babies — all those who are in need of proper care, even in normal times.
Along with this, the flood caused huge material damage: destroyed homes, crops and household farms, washed out roads.
According to forecasts, the water will come only at the end of September. Fall is approaching, and many people were left without warm clothes and food, are forced to live in temporary accommodation. Obviously, before the cold weather renovate or build a new home will not be possible, and this means that the effects of the elements will have a long lasting effect on the lives of people — our fellow citizens with you, brothers and sisters.
State and church structures, special services and volunteers is not the first day help victims, but the number is enormous distress. In the area of disaster were about 200 settlements were flooded more than 25,000 homes, the total number of affected nearly 50,000 people. The clergy and parishioners of the dioceses in these regions, they pray to stop flooding, provide material and spiritual support to people evacuated from flooded areas. But the scale of the disaster is great, and it can be overcome only by uniting the efforts of all.
Recently, we experienced a similar test: it was on fire in 2010 in Central Russia, during the devastating floods in the Krasnodar region in the past year. Now the trouble has come to the region, remote from the capital to the many thousands of kilometers. This is a test — including checking solidarity of our society, that we feel as one people, ready to respond to the disaster, even if it is not on our doorstep.
In the difficult days of the Church is always with his people, and we will try our best to help the victims.
I ask each and every one of you to fulfill Christian duty: to show mercy and to make a contribution to overcoming the consequences of the disaster. Remember: the hand of the giver is not scanty, "for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor. 9:7).
Russian Orthodox Church begins the general church collecting donations for flood victims. The funds will be transferred to the account of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service, and then sent to the distressed people.
Expressing deep sympathy to all those affected by floods, pray to the Lord and our Savior, that He hath inclined his mercy for the suffering people, and helped us to joint efforts to overcome this difficult test.
Let them be your sacrifices are favorable to God. "
Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
HOW TO HELP
Details for the transfer to the victims of the floods in 2013:
Orthodox religious organization Department for Church Charity and Social Service of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
Address: 109004, Moscow, ul. Nikoloyamskaya 57, page 7
TIN 7709048164, KPP 770901001, BIN 1037739255762
Bank account "Petrocommerce":
c / a 30101810700000000352
In JSC Bank "Petrocommerce" Moscow
Under "purpose of payment" should indicate: "Voluntary donation to help victims of the floods in 2013."