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Great Lent Giveaway 2023

Benefitting Your Humanitrian Aid for Youth Refugees of the War in 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 serve youth refugees of the war in Ukaine. 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.

Additional Resources from GLG 2019


   Stewardship/Almsgiving - to accompany Natalie's Video

        Session 1  Leader Packet

        Session 1 - Participant sheets

        Session 2 - Leader Packet

        Session 3 - Participant sheets  


   Compassion in Action - to accompany Alexis's Video

        Session 1 - For Younger Children

        Session 1 - Leader Packet for Teenagers

        Session 1 - Participant Sheets for Teenagers


Talents and Gifts - to accompany Maddie's Video

         Stewardship of Time and Great Lent- First Fruits of Christian Living with Fr. Robert Holet -

                 Reccomended use - have your teenagers listen to the podcast prior to your gathering.  Have each                     of them present one concept they learned about and how it can apply to their life.

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

        Stewardship - Orthodox Cathecism Project


Tithing - to accompany Hrystyna's Video

           An Exploration of Tithing in Holy Scripture - American Carpatho Russian Orthodox Diocese

                    Reccomended use - break your teenagers into small groups.  Break the article up into as many                          sections as you have groups.  Have each group read their section together and discuss.  Allow                          each group to present what they learned to the full group.  After each presentation ask how they                      can apply this to their lives.

           Invitation to Give - Be the Bee Video

              Reccomended use - watch the video as a group. Ask the youth how they can give of what they have?

How to Participate


  • Download the GLG How To 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.


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