Christmas for Orphans 

(Project Radost')

Christmas at Lake Baikal

Christmas in Russia is celebrated on January 7th. The holiday is celebrated in many of the same ways as in the United States. Schools and offices are closed, and friends and family members spend the day together and exchange gifts and eat favorite holiday dishes. For children in the state-run institutions, including the orphanages and boarding schools, the holidays can be dreary, without any opportunity to celebrate the day or even receive a single gift.  

At C.O.A.T.S. International, we love Christmas. It is, first and foremost, a celebration of Christ's birth, and it is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Jesus. We aim to make Christmas special for orphans and vulnerable families throughout Russia, especially single mothers who may be at risk of abandoning their children. Past projects include: sponsored art contests, Christmas parties at children's centers and orphanages, donating hundreds of quilts and blankets to orphans, and donating boxes of toys and books to orphanages.

Each year, we partner with several orphanages and women's centers to host Christmas parties, which are our signature Christmas ministry. At the Christmas parties, children are able to sing, paint, do arts and crafts, eat festive foods, and learn about the birth of Christ. 

Christmas should be special for every child, and we have seen firsthand the immense joy that these Christmas programs and parties provide to orphans and at-risk children, and that is why we call this entire ministry Project Radost'. (Radost' means "joy" in Russian.) 

Please consider partnering with us to spread radost' this Christmas season, by making a generous donation to help us purchase art supplies, wrapping paper, toys, clothes, and fruit baskets for the orphans and at-risk families.