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Yavoriv, Ukraine – New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine (JMTG-U) spread a bit of holiday cheer by visiting the Krakovets Educational Rehabilitation Center on Dec. 27.

The Center is a school and an orphanage, and houses approximately 50 children aged 6 – 16, with a number of them possessing some sort of developmental disability.

The oldiers made two trips during late December where they had the opportunity to interact with the children and present them with some holiday gifts.

The first trip was organized by the Joint Training Group’s Golf Company and occurred shortly before Christmas, and the second visit was organized by the unit’s Medical Section and happened shortly before New Year’s.

“We decided to organize a trip to an orphanage to donate our time and to see what needs they had,” said 1st Sgt. Matthew Stark, the Golf Company senior enlisted Soldier. “One of the things that they had asked for during our initial meeting was a sound system so that they could have plays and interactions with the children.”

With a goal now in mind, Stark and Capt. Joshua Gioeli, the Golf Company commander, took up a collection and quickly raised more than the $350 needed to purchase the sound system. In addition to the sound system, the company used the extra money raised to purchase articles of clothing for the children. Read more

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Yavoriv, Ukraine – New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine (JMTG-U) spread a bit of holiday cheer by visiting the Krakovets Educational Rehabilitation Center on Dec. 27.

The Center is a school and an orphanage, and houses approximately 50 children aged 6 – 16, with a number of them possessing some sort of developmental disability.

The oldiers made two trips during late December where they had the opportunity to interact with the children and present them with some holiday gifts.

The first trip was organized by the Joint Training Group’s Golf Company and occurred shortly before Christmas, and the second visit was organized by the unit’s Medical Section and happened shortly before New Year’s. 

“We decided to organize a trip to an orphanage to donate our time and to see what needs they had,” said 1st Sgt. Matthew Stark, the Golf Company senior enlisted Soldier. “One of the things that they had asked for during our initial meeting was a sound system so that they could have plays and interactions with the children.”

With a goal now in mind, Stark and Capt. Joshua Gioeli, the Golf Company commander, took up a collection and quickly raised more than the $350 needed to purchase the sound system. In addition to the sound system, the company used the extra money raised to purchase articles of clothing for the children