May 12th, 2019
Youth from the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church (Menlo Park) participated in the 88th Day of the Russian Child festivities at the Russian Center in San Francisco on this day. This is not just an event about Russian Culture, or the effort to stave off assimilation of American cultures, or even about patriotism. Rather, it is an opportunity to help and support those whom Christ calls "the least of these, my brethren."
Since its founding in New York City in 1926 and its subsequent founding of the San Francisco branch in 1932 (the inaugural year of the Day of the Russian Child), the Russian Children's Welfare Society has collected funds to support orphanages, schools for the deaf, disabled children's programs, and more, all across Russia. The Society has always been purely charitable -- anyone involved with the RCWS is a volunteer!
This year the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church School put on a presentation titled "Seasons of the Year" ("Времена Года"), featuring the recitation of poems by famous Russian authors on each season: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
The parish of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin took up two weeks of collections to help support the work of the RCWS.