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Great Lent Giveaway 2024

Creating a Camp Scholarship Fund for 

Newly Immigrated Youth from Ukraine


About the Great Lent Giveaway

The Great Lent Giveaway was designed as a way for our youth to learn about the beauty of Great Lent and instill in them that Great Lent is not only a time of fasting but a time to do good works and of contemplation, while preparing for the death and Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

The GLG is a partnership of the OYM and the Jr. Ukrainian Orthodox League each year a new topic and beneficiary is selected.

In the last 21 years, our youth have raised over $30,000 for charity, raised awareness on the needs of fifteen charities or archdiocesan projects, and collected additional items such as icons, diapers and IOCC Health Kits in an estimated additional $5000.00.

The current year program may be used during Great Lent or be adapted for use during your normal Youth Group Sessions.

What the GLG is doing this year.


We are asking the youth of the church to create a scholarship fund for newly immigrated youth from Ukraine to attend our summer camping programs. Each Jr UOL Chapter, parish Church School or youth group will have the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for this year's beneficiary. 

The introductory session is provided below as well as a special Lenten Retreat.

Videos from past GLGs are available presenting on different aspects of how we may grow our faith during Great Lent and how this should motivate us to be good stewards of our funds and resources by supporting others.   Click here for access!

The GLG also provides sessions for deepening our faith during the season of Great Lent - focusing on Christian compassion and giving.

These sessions should be conducted during lenten youth gatherings and in conjunction with the GLG collection.

A special note: we are asking that funds be sent in early or on an on-going basis.  The sooner we have monies in the scholarship fund, the sooner we may begin awarding scholarships to applicants.

Another special feature this year, you may ask people to donate directly to our paypal account. Here is the link   Ask donors to put GLG and your parish name and city in the note section.

Additional Resources from GLG 2024


   Stewardship/Almsgiving - to accompany Danyo's Video

        Session 1  Leader Packet

        Session 1 - Participant sheets

        Session 2 - Leader Packet

        Session 3 - Participant sheets  


   Compassion in Action - to accompany Mia's Video

        Session 1 - For Younger Children

        Session 1 - Leader Packet for Teenagers

        Session 1 - Participant Sheets for Teenagers

         Responding to God's Gifts - A resource from the Orthodox Church in America

        Stewardship - Orthodox Cathecism Project


Christ's Unconditional Love - to accompany Agitha's Video

         Christ's Unconditional Love Leader Packet with Fr. Robert Holet -

         Christ's Unconditional Love - participant worksheet



Prayer - to accompany Marcia and Sam's Video

       For Mini's - video from Orthodox Pebbles

       For Youth & Teens - video Why Prayer Matters by Be the Bee

Suggested use - watch the videos after you have watched Marcia and Sam's video.  Discuss prayer and how your youth can deepen their prayer life during Great Lent.

How to Participate


  • Download the GLG Introduction Session. (This session is written with suggestions for all age groups of youth)
  • Conduct the How To Session - All needed resources may be found below
  • Decide how you will raise your funds and make it happen!
  • Download the Lenten Retreat for use.
  • For additional resources, watch the videos on the OYM Youtube Channel
  • Share your GLG stories of Christian Service by writing an article, sharing photos or creating a video! - share at uocyouth@aol.com , Jr UOL Board, or on our social media
  • Pray for those in your community who are in need spiritually and physcically.





GLG Letter from JR UOL - Agatha Harendza

GLG Videos on Consistory Youtube Channel

GLG Flyer 2023

Social Media Graphics




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