I just returned from my Christmas Wish trip to Ukraine.
To have the power to do good is a privilege.

For many years I could meet the needs of orphan children. Then for several years, I lost that ability. Now I am on the verge of obtaining it again, and it feels good. I met new children on this trip. Eva and her brother Dennis whose mom died recently and left them alone in the world. Alina who loves to text me just to say hello and many others. They were so grateful for the Christmas gifts and so happy about the activities. To see the joy on their faces was worth all the money in the world. I worry about the contributions relative to the need.

Countless children have suffered long before I took some orphan children to the trampoline park, and countless more will suffer after I’m gone. But I can hope that for one moment in time, I made their lives better. If I give “a cup of cold water,” it means something. Let’s face it; the stats are not favorable for these kids after graduating from the orphanage. Drugs and homelessness are real possibilities for some of them.

Sometimes our attempts at real change are successful through adoption or long-term sponsorship, but for every kid that is saved, several more fall through the cracks. I’m left with hoping that small things do make a difference.

– Dr. Vincent Rosini