Salute to Samaritan volunteers

Lithuanian Samaritans taught to provide first aid: every person can save a life

The Society of Lithuanian Samaritans drew attention to the public’s lack of knowledge and skills when it comes to saving another person’s life in emergency situations. in 2022 on November 25-27, at the LITEXPO exhibition “Būkite svii”, professional doctors from Kaunas, Kėdainiai and Jonava, together with volunteers, taught and practically demonstrated to the visitors of the exhibition how to provide first aid.

 “In Lithuania, there are still painful cases when people around you get lost in an accident and don’t know how to act to save a person’s life. Society lacks knowledge and skills, so we see the sense of sharing experience and thus contributing to improving the situation”, says Sonata Patkauskaitė, President of the Lithuanian Samaritan Community. “Life saving training took place at the stand of the Lithuanian Samaritans for three days, licensed doctors and volunteers were constantly on duty and taught life saving at the stand.”

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Eaters are increasing, donors are decreasing

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2022-10-20


Regina MUSNECKIENĖ

The Food Bank campaign organized these days, when customers were asked to buy and donate products in stores, did not make the beneficiaries too happy. This year the donation is more modest.

The most fun days of zeppelins

In the canteen of the Kelmė branch of the Lithuanian Samaritans community, 48 so-called registered people and about ten random hungry people who have not got their documents in order, but are forced by trouble, receive hot soups and a second meal every day.

At lunch time they come to the canteen. He brings a couple of plastic buckets. The cooks pour hot soups into one, and a second dish into the other: porridge, pancakes, oat meatballs with sauce, and sometimes even boiled potato zeppelins with cottage cheese. There are a lot of diners on Zeppelin days. Some also bring friends, so-called picky eaters.

Saulius Mockus, chairman of the Kelmė branch of the Lithuanian Samaritan Society, says that the listed eaters are people who have prepared official documents: they have submitted an application, certificates proving their low income, a declaration of their place of residence in Kelmė, and the decision of the Social Support Department of the Municipality that they are entitled to support.

However, every day we have to feed at least ten people who do not have their documents in order, who have nothing to put in their mouths. They get to eat when there is soup left in the huge 40 liter pot. If there is no food left from the official diners, you have to return home with gurgling bellies. According to S. Mockaus, this rarely happens. After all, sometimes even official diners have more fun days – they have something to buy food with, so they don’t come to the charity canteen. Their portion can be given to the hungry and needy brothers of their lot.

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LITHUANIAN SAMARITAN COMMUNITY 30 YEARS

On June 18, 2022, the Samaritans gathered in Kėdainii to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the community. A considerable group of community members from various cities of Lithuania gathered. The mayor of the city, Valentinas Tamulis, also came to congratulate the Samaritans. They celebrated and thanked the Samaritans for their work. Welcome speeches were given by representatives of departments. We were all happy that the community has been alive and developing for a long time.

During the commemoration, Dovilė Pašakinskienė, Genovaitė Karvelienė, Vida Sereikienė, Valė Šerkšniovienė and Laima Juselienė were awarded medals of the Samaritan. Medals are awarded for meritorious work in the Lithuanian Samaritan Community.

So we congratulate each other and are happy about our achievements and work done.

 

The Samaritans of Jurbarkas have been in a hurry to do good for 30 years

On Saturday, May 28, the Lithuanian Samaritan Jurbarkas Region Community celebrated its 30th anniversary. The charity currently has 72 members in Jurbarkas.

Many Samaritans from Jurbarkas were awarded for their active work and sincere help. Letters of thanks were presented by Skirmantas Mockevičius, Mayor of Jurbarkas District, Sonata Patkauskaitė, President of the Lithuanian Samaritan Community, and Kristina Vančienė, Chairwoman of the Jurbarkas Regional Community. Antanas Juozas Kazakevičius, an Honorary Citizen of the Jurbarkas District, a long-time former chairman of the Jurbarkas district, and Česlovas Meškauskas, the elder of Raudonė, gave greetings and shared their memories.

On the occasion of this honorable anniversary, the community of the region was greeted at the Jurbarkas Library by guests from Kėdainiai, Klaipėda, Kaunas, Kelmė, a guest from Germany, as well as Heinz Puttlitz, an Honorary Citizen of Jurbarkas District, and others.

“One of the largest charity organizations in Jurbarkas, which has nine children’s day care centers, has the largest support network,” said Mayor S. Mackevičius about the Jurbarkas charity organization. He also recalled that among the few Honorary citizens of the district, even two are Samaritans. “It shows the maturity and weight of this organization,” he said.

 The Lithuanian Samaritan Jurbarkas Region Community is a charitable public organization that has been running social, care, support, integration, psychological, social rehabilitation, day care, children’s summer employment and other programs for thirty years, uniting Lithuanian citizens, regardless of their profession, partisan or religious beliefs.

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Hydrangea for our Kelmei

It is already becoming a tradition to plant hydrangeas in Kelmė every spring. Various organizations are participating in the campaign. The campaign is organized and brought together by Janina Skeberdienė, a member of the district municipal council. We Samaritans are also involved. We made our contribution to the decoration of the city of Kelmė.

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Provision of voluntary assistance and other social services to persons at social risk and their family members, refugees and their family members

Support for Samaritans and firefighters in Ukraine

The Samaritans of Kelmė, in cooperation with the volunteer fire brigade of Kelmė district, took a bus full of humanitarian aid to the Ukrainians. We went to the Polish city of Rzeszow in two. Saulius Mockus, chairman of the LSB Samaritan Division, and Edvardas Globys, an employee of the Fire and Rescue Service. We took more than a day to travel. Rzeszów is about 800 km from Kelmė. There we had a brief conversation with the representatives of Ukraine, who came to pick up support and travel back.

During the war in Ukraine and seeing firefighters extinguishing day and night, they were missing ammunition, we gave them help. Our firefighters were transporting special suits from the Dutch city of Hardenberg to protect Ukraine from chemical weapons. For Ukrainians, this is significant support as Putinists are trying to occupy nuclear power plants in Ukraine. We also carried our charity, which the people brought to the Samaritan headquarters on February 27th.

The situation in Ukraine is very tense. We communicated with representatives from Western Ukraine. There is now a huge influx of people there because there is no war going on in this area. In addition, people who are preparing to leave for safe foreign countries are flocking to the western part of Ukraine. The people of Ukraine want access to the safer countries of the European Union next to it to be as easy as possible.

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War in Ukraine

We can no longer (only) put into words what is happening in Europe. The war in Ukraine has forced all civilized people to speak briefly and to act in a coordinated, responsible and purposeful manner.

The Lithuanian Samaritan Association met with the Samaritan communities operating in the EU countries, discussed the most important emphases of assistance to the people of Ukraine and has already started working.

Samaritans from all over Europe are concentrating their efforts to help the countries, Ukraine’s neighbors (Poland, Romania, etc.), which are currently being visited by people fleeing the war. The support package is large: clothes, food, hygiene items, volunteers, money.

At the same time, intensive preparations are under way to receive the Ukrainian people in the countries to which they will arrive later (Lithuania, Latvia, etc.). The Lithuanian Samaritan Community, in cooperation with other NGOs, is doing everything possible to ensure that the arriving Ukrainians can settle in Lithuania comfortably.

Ways are also being sought to provide support to the Samaritan community in Ukraine to help those remaining in the war zone.

There was no time left for conversations. All that remains is the determination and ambition of all of us to help the people of Ukraine.

Everyone who wants to contribute to the Lithuanian Samaritans with their work, money or items and at the same time help the people of Ukraine, we invite you to contact the LSB branch in your district, city.

Or to the Lithuanian Samaritan Community by phone: +370 614 54563
E- mail email: info@lietuvossamarieciai.lt