of thanks to Americans and Canadians from the children of the Lighthouse
Orphanage (Svetly Dom), Odessa, Ukraine, May, 1999
In June, 1996; May, 1997; May, 1998; and May, 1999, as part of the
Journey to the Homeland tours, we presented to the children of the
Lighthouse Orphanage humanitarian assistance including medical supplies,
school supplies, dental supplies. The gifts were presented from tour
members, school children in North Dakota and other locations, and
from the Germans from Russia community.
With the tour groups in May, 1998 and May, 1999, we presented
the handmade quilts from the women of the English Lutheran Church
at Tuttle, North Dakota, and from the women of Immanuel Lutheran
Church, Zap, North Dakota. Our deep appreciation to the women in
Tuttle and Zap for their valuable gifts to the children at the orphanage.
The Journey to the Homeland Tours are sponsored by the North
Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo. For additional photographs
of The Lighthouse Orphanage and tour photos, view the Germans from
Russia Heritage Collection website at "Journey to the Homeland Tours"
1. My name is Sasha
I am 6 years old. I love you all. I enjoyed your quilts-blankets
very much. They are very nice and warm. I like using them. America
is perfect, and Odessa is perfect too.
2. Hello, Americans!
Thank you very much for your quilts. Let your hands be healthy.
I kiss you.
3. Dear Americans!
I am sorry that we didn't tell you "thanks" for all your gifts.
So, I thank you on behalf of all our children for warm quilts, tooth-paste,
tooth-brushes, pencils, note-books, shoes, cloth, caps and all other
We love you and wish you good health. We wish you to provide help
to other children too.
All children of our orphanage asked me to tell you that they love
you. We love you not only by words, but also by our hearts.
4. Dear Americans!
Thank you for your warm quilts and for other gifts. Thank you
for your help and for remembering us. Thank you for pencils, crayons,
shoes and for others gifts. I am sorry that I didn't write to you
earlier. When you came to our orphanage, I wasn't there. Now I would
like to tell you that I love you and I will never forget you.
5. Hello, dear Americans! Thank you for quilts, for all your gifts,
for remembering us, for everything. We wish you good health.
6. Hello Americans!
Thank you for warm quilts. We wish your hands to be very healthy.
Regards to all Americans!
7. Your quilts are very warm and nice. I enjoy them.
8. Thank you for your help. I wish you good luck and good health.
9. Hello Americans!
Thank you very much for your concern for us, for remembering.
Your quilts are very warm and nice. Thank you one more time for
10. Dear American friends!
Let me tell you "thanks" from all children of "Svetly Dom". We are
very pleased that you, people from a far-away country, remember
and support us. We are very pleased that people from North Dakota
made such warm and nice quilts for us. We hope that our friendship
will last for many years ahead.
11. Dear Americans!
Thank you very much for all your gifts. I like you very much.
I invite you to Odessa. Come here and stay longer.
Children of the Lighthouse Orphanage holding some of the letters