January 25th Day of the Lithuanian Samaritan Community

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 July 1991, on the initiative of Antanas Račas, a member of the Seimas of Light Memory elected in the district, who served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, acquaintance with the German ASB (Samaritan organization) gave rise to the establishment of such an organization in Lithuania.

Meeting in Kelmė in August of the same year, E. Bodendorf, S. Urbikienė, doctors Urbeliai, A. Narbutas, L. Radavičienė, J. Račienė and other members of the initiative group in the rectory together with the pastor V. Brusok agreed to establish the first Samaritan group elected doctor Urbelis.

The then member of the Seimas Antanas Račas undertook to initiate the formation of Samaritan groups in other Lithuanian cities. It was planned that after the unification of Samaritan groups from different cities, a Lithuanian Samaritan community would be established. This happened on June 15, 1992.

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.

The branches of the Lithuanian Samaritan Community have established dozens of children’s day care centers, provide social assistance to the elderly and single people, and operate charity canteens and food parcel outlets. Each department, depending on the situation in the region, provides the services that the population needs most. Of course, all this would not be possible if there were no people in the organization for whom “Kindness” is not just a sound word.

Samaritan volunteers are people who still carry on their hearts the idea of ​​the Good Samaritan described in the Bible: helping man. It is such a way of life for the Samaritans not to pass by when they need help, not to look away with an outstretched hand. And it doesn’t matter at all: a child, old man, or someone who can’t cope with the challenges or circumstances of personal life needs help.

January 25 is the day of the Lithuanian Samaritan Community. This is a great opportunity to say THANK YOU to the volunteers, sponsors, department leaders, everyone who supports the Samaritan idea and contributes to the organization. At the same time, this day is a great opportunity to remind those whose existence and life is difficult: the Samaritans are in a hurry to do good, dare, seek help. We will be with you.


A Christmas surprise for the Samaritans of Kelmė

After the festive hustle and bustle, just before the New Year, the Samaritans of Kelmiai received gifts from their Samaritan organization ASB Stormarn-Segeberg in Germany. Until recently, the Mercedes Sprinter bus that served them. He came full of various toys for children, nursing equipment, protective helmets for Kelmė firefighters. Egidijus Ūksas, the deputy mayor of the district municipality, and Romas Atkočaitis, the elder of Kelmė, were pleased with the Samaritans’ cooperation. The long-standing friendship between the Samaritans of Kelme and Bad Oldesloe has lasted for more than a decade.

We sincerely thank our colleagues from Germany !!!


Older people are an equal part of society

In 2021, the Lithuanian Samaritan Community implemented the project “Older People – Equal Part of Society” funded by the Ministry of Social Security and Labor of the Republic of Lithuania. Vilnius, Kaunas, Kaunas district, Klaipėda, Alytus, Telšiai, Jurbarkas, Pakruojis and Kelmė branches were involved in the activities of this project. There was a “Generation Health Day”, a 2-day gathering – a camp. The activities were attended by 400 people and 10 children’s day care centers.

Created video material for daily exercise training for the elderly with the help of video material.


The Samaritans of Kedainiai received help before the big holidays

The Samaritans of Kedainiai received help before the big holidays. The beginners of the Vilnius “Tree of Knowledge” took care that there would be no shortage of sweet gifts. Many Christmas cookies, baked and decorated by the children themselves, came to Kėdainiai today, and a Christmas wreath made by the Samaritans of Kėdainiai went to Vilnius. The collaboration has just begun! The children will now bake Christmas cakes with their sleeves open. We learn kindness from an early age.


Support campaign “Share food with the poor” and education “Good to share”

To mark World Food Day, October. 26-28 d. The support campaign “Share food with the poor” and the education “Good to share” were organized by the Public Institution “Family Valgykla” (Patato Bistro children’s catering) together with the Kaunas branch of the LSB. The organizers of the campaign – lecturer Asta Pipiraitė and Regita Yakobchuk, an employee of LSB Kaunas branch, visited T. Ivanauskas Progymnasium, Rūtelė Primary School and Paparčio Basic School. During the meetings with the fourth graders, food waste was discussed in Lithuania, the children watched a video on this topic and could ask various questions about the activities of the Samaritans. This was followed by educational sessions, during which the children wrote, drew, glued and otherwise colored the wishes on the prepared biscuit packages. These cookies with beautiful,with warm and meaningful wishes we distributed at the food distribution point of Kaunas branch of LSB Partizanų st. 5, Kaune. In addition to these gifts, the school community also collected non-perishable food items, which we also distributed to our needy and cared for individuals and families. Rūtelė Primary School collected 315 units, Paparčio Primary School collected 42 units. perishable foodstuffs. Total collected products 357 pcs. The quarters drew 188 pieces. gifts, which we distributed to 80-100 people.perishable foodstuffs. Total collected products 357 pcs. The quarters drew 188 pieces. gifts, which we distributed to 80-100 people.perishable foodstuffs. Total collected products 357 pcs. The quarters drew 188 pieces. gifts, which we distributed to 80-100 people.