HSE Volunteers Congratulated Veterans from Rzhevsky Care Facility on Victory Day
Volunteers from the Open Your Eyes student project (HSE) and the Joy of Old Age (Starost' v Radost') foundation spent Victory Day with 600 seniors at Rzhevsky care facility. The volunteers brought presents collected by HSE students and staff members, and organized a concert.
The majority of the seniors at Rzhevsky care facility are children of war, who lost their relatives during those years, and who started working early and ruined their health through heavy physical labour. There are veterans and home front workers. Some were imprisoned twice and lost their whole family in prison; Others spent the war teaching Russian to children on the ruins of former schools, using watered down beetroot juice as ink; some survived the Battle of Kursk. And they celebrated the 72nd anniversary of Victory together at Rzhevsky care facility.
The volunteers brought 35 boxes of treats and personal hygiene products. Over 600 HSE students, staff members and lecturers took part in collecting presents.
Together with the musicians of HSE Vocal Studio, the veterans sang songs of the military years and even waltzed. After the concert the volunteers visited bedridden seniors in their rooms. All of them received gifts, flowers and cards signed by HSE students.