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.


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

In the attic of kindness in the Kelmė branch of the LSB

The local press writes about our attic on the front page.
Newspaper “Bičiulis”, February 26, 2022. (Rita Ščiglinskienė)

Article text:

In the attic of kindness

Saulius Mockus, the chairman of the Kelmė branch of the Lithuanian Samaritan Community, invited him to take a look around the newly equipped premises in the Kelmė Samaritan Community House. He said: it is extremely fun that there are many wonderful and kind people in the ranks of the Samaritans who follow the motto of the entire Lithuanian Samaritan organization – “Let’s hurry to do good”. Thanks to the efforts of the Samaritans of Kelmė, in cooperation with the field gallery of Jurgita and Andrius Seselskas AJJU, the “Attic of Kindness” appeared in the house of the Samaritan Community of Kelmė.

The “Attic of Kindness” is a space where coffee and tea will be served, sharing not only the cake, but also thoughts, ideas about the Samaritans’ current and future activities, work, and the role of the family in all of our lives. Jurgita and Andrius Seselskai say that today’s period and the surrounding environment have a huge impact on a person’s understanding of what family means to him. Because of it, a person can become strong not in a physical but in a spiritual sense. The family can cultivate the feeling that only when your family members are happy and you feel happy yourself. In the Attic of Kindness, we want to create a family environment, share goodness through art and solve social problems. And Saulius Mockus, the chairman of the Kelmė branch of the LSB, reminds that the houses of the Samaritan community in Kelmė are also called the community houses of the district.

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The people of Kelmiškis had to take into account both this slogan of the Lithuanian Samaritan community and the good work done by the members of the Kelmė branch, as it is not a one-time flash of any action, but a constant, targeted support to the people of the district. More recently, we have invited you to “Kindness Days”, now we have given walkers to those who really need them: as many as 45 walkers have been given – mostly to seniors or those waiting for knee or hip surgery. Such a beautiful job would not have been possible without the Samaritans of the German ASB RV Stormarn-Segeberg who brought them, without the Samaritan volunteers from Kelmiškis, who washed, cleaned and tidied up the walkers. S. Mockus, the chairman of the association of Kelmė branch, is also happy with the nice cooperation with Kelmė St. Parish of the Assumption of Mary: kleb. dec. liturg. lic. Mindaugas Grigalius announced this campaign during the services, and allowed a tent to be erected in the cemetery – the weather did not pamper the volunteers.

There are many more beautiful ideas in the Samaritans’ plans: children and young people are still waiting for board games, and so on. distribution of toys, other help and support work for the elderly.

It is up to Kelmiškis to follow our ads and share information.


Kindness Week Events “Kindness Swings on Angel’s Wings”

Article from Šiauliai Julius Janonis Gymnasium website https://jjanonis.lt/gerumo-savaites-renginiai-ant-angelo-sparnu-gerumas-supasi-2/

2021 “Kindness Week” took place in the gymnasium on December 20-23. These four days were meant to remember those around us and feel the spirit of Christmas.

Monday is the day of the gift. Throughout the school, Samaritans laid out baskets of candy and students were invited to take the candy and give it to a friend.

Tuesday is Christmas Day. A poster hung on the front door on which high school students could write greetings and wishes to the school community. The young Samaritans also sent Christmas cards to the high school teachers and seniors.

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Hurry to do good or who are the Samaritans?

Article from Etaplius portal https://www.etaplius.lt/skubekime-darija-gera-arba-kas-yra-samarieciai

The Lithuanian Samaritan Community is an organization that has been active for three decades and has more than a thousand volunteers.

The organization started taking the first steps in Kelmė. In this district, on the initiative of the elected member of the Seimas of the White Memory Antanas Račas, who worked in the Foreign Affairs Committee. 1991 In July, acquaintance with the German ASB (Samaritan organization) gave rise to the establishment of such an organization in Lithuania. The Samaritan organization was established in Šiauliai in 1992. On January 25, Genovaitė Karvelienė, the chairwoman of this department, successfully continued the activities of the Samaritans for 20 years.

Currently, the Lithuanian Samaritan Community unites 19 branches: Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Telšiai, Šiauliai, Radviliškis, Kėdainiai, Jonava, Ukmergė, Zarasai, Trakai, Vievis, Kaunas district, Jurbarkas, Raudone, Pakruojis, Kelmė, Marijampolė and Alytus.

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Jubilee meeting of Samaritans in Šiauliai

2022 On January 28, a meeting of the Samaritans took place at the Pastoral Center of Šiauliai Diocese. This meeting was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Samaritans of the Šiauliai branch. Sonata Patkauskienė, President of the Lithuanian Samaritan Association, senior Samaritans and young Samaritans came to the celebration. The meeting began with a kankle show, after which the students played a parable of the Good Samaritan, showing who the Samaritan is and what its real meaning is: hurrying to do good to the people in distress.

The President of the Samaritan Organization gave a congratulatory speech wishing not to get tired, to witness the love of his neighbor with his works, and to thank the Samaritans of Šiauliai. The seniors shared their memories of the meaningful activities of the Samaritans. He remembered that the Samaritans of Šiauliai provided assistance during the Second World War and that a large number of Samaritans in Europe to this day are paramedics. The older Samaritans rejoiced in the beautiful works of the younger Samaritans, wished for determination, a Samaritan spirit, and youthful enthusiasm. Young Samaritans are not only in our gymnasium, but also in Šiauliai Song and Romuva progymnasiums.

It was a cozy and meaningful evening where generations of old and young Samaritans met with words of gratitude and encouragement to travel the world with a compassionate heart and a sense of pride.

Young Samaritan Ąžuolas Zavaliauskas