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LIFELINE HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION
April 2016 - Vol 1, Issue 3
 
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APRIL 2016
Over 1,200 socially vulnerable children were the guests of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine at the White Palace this week. The Royal couple has hosted these traditional Easter receptions for the past 15 years. Gifts are sponsored by the Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization chapters in Chicago and Canada, together with other corporate sponsors.
Every year, the children and families of  Holy Resurrection Sunday School, Steubenville, Ohio, raise money for a Pascha Giving Campaign in their community. Their 2016 campaign yielded $2,235 and was donated to Lifeline for the benefit of orphans in Serbia. Many thanks to Lifeline's Tri-State leader, George Topich, to Fr. Rade Merick and to the Steubenville committee and church community for their generosity during this holy season.
The Ambassadors for Lifeline had a fundraising drive on April 3 in Chicago IL.  Over 60 people attended and the group raised $2,905 in a single afternoon, with donations still coming in.  The members of the Ambassador group are young professionals who are dedicated to helping those in need in the Republic of Serbia.   Lifeline Chicago provides mentorship and active guidance to the Ambassadors through their board representative, Donna Sekulich Simpson of Chicago.
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Meet Lana (Krstich) Manikowski
Lifeline Associate Group Member
 
In 2013 I was fortunate enough to join Melanie Sever and a group of 30+ others on a Lifeline Mission to Serbia. I don't think I was prepared for how the experience would change my life. In the years leading up to this trip, I attended a few of Lifeline's Chicago area fundraisers and participated in the annual Christmas clothing drives with my church in East Chicago, Indiana.  I later learned that the work is way beyond that - it is never ending and those that volunteer with Lifeline, put their heart and soul into helping the people of Serbia on a daily basis.

I saw so much on that first trip in 2013. The experience changed me. Cribs full of sleepng infants with no mother to feed them. Beautiful, smiling preschoolers proudly showing off their neatly kept rooms. Teenaged boys and girls who are victims of human sexual trafficking. Mentally ill adults sitting dazed in the corner of an old army barracks, that they now call home. It was hard for me to fathom.  These are our people. Serbians. I had to do more.

I've now been on two mission trips to Serbia.  Each time I see more and more of the help that Lifeline Chicago has given - it is astounding.  I've met hundreds of children and adults who have been helped by Lifeline. 

As a member of the Lifeline Chicago Associate Board, we've been fortunate to help:
  • raise money to rebuild a school in Grabovac that was severely damaged by floods;
  • provide new mattresses for Kovin mental hospital and several orphanages;
  • deliver livestock, sewing machines and tractors for our Serbs in Kosovo;
  • build a greenhouse to provide occupational therapy for the mentally ill.
And the list goes on.  

I am so grateful for the many people that have attended our events and donated to our causes.  We could never do it without their generous support.  The truth of the matter is, as much as we have helped our Serbian people, the gift of giving is much greater. I'm beyond grateful to be part of Lifeline Chicago.
Thousands of children in Serbia today live in poverty, struggling to find the basic means to survive.  Easter is a celebration of our faith and the good in all of us.  Your contribution to the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization during this holy season will help children know that there are people who care about them and that they are not forgotten.  To make a donation today to the Easter Appeal, please visit our online donation site by clicking here.
Thank you, St Sava Church School community of North Port FL, for your generous $550 donation to Lifeline for the benefit of children in Serbia and Kosovo. Special thanks to Dragan Jovanovic for the donation of food, to the Kolo sisters who prepared the luncheon of delicious shrimp and pasta, to the Moms who baked Lenten desserts and cleaned up and to our wonderful children for their help and hearts full of  love for their brothers and sisters in need.  Thank you Mara Cucuz for your help spreading the word about Lifeline in your community! 
Join HRH Crown Princess Katherine, Lifeline Chicago, and Lifeline Associates as we work to raise funds to purchase new books for children in Serbia and Kosovo. The campaign runs until May 14.  We are asking children in our church school communuties to collect their loose change to donate toward book purchases. Please contact Melanie Sever for details.
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization. We hope you can support us every time you shop on Amazon.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
3RD ANNUAL LIFELINE
ASSOCIATE BOARD CRUISE

"Music on the Lake"
Spirit of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Starts at 7:00pm (boarding at 6:30pm)
To receive more details, please click here

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
1ST LIFELINE GOLF OUTING
River Pointe Country Club
Hobart, IN
Details to follow - more info, click here

ONGOING thru May 14- Now!
BOOKS FOR KIDS in Serbia and Kosovo
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ABOUT LIFELINE: The Chicago Office of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization supports the work of HRH Crown Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic of Serbia. Lifeline was founded by Princess Katherine in order to provide critically needed humanitarian aid to the neediest people of Serbia.

Our goal is to reduce and relieve the suffering of physically and mentally disabled children, orphans, the elderly as well as to improve medical facilities in the country.

We will make a positive difference in peoples’ lives through our humanitarian work. We will be the lifetime partners of the people of Serbia in promoting health, wellness, and stability.

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