10 May 2024

HRH Crown Princess Katherine and Lifeline Humanitarian Organization of Chicago, which is under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness, have again shown their determination to assist those in need in Serbia and in the Republic of Srpska, by providing Easter meals to Homes for children without parental care and to shelters and safe houses across Serbia and in the Republic of Srpska.

In addition to Lifeline Chicago funding the annual Easter receptions for children at the Royal Palace, which TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine once again organized and hosted in the home of the Royal Family of Serbia, to bring joy to more than 1,000 socially vulnerable children by socializing with the young ones and personally delivering presents to them, a significant delivery of food was also donated by Lifeline Chicago to a multitude of institutions and shelters. As a reminder, Lifeline Chicago was the first office of this humanitarian organization which HRH Crown Princess Katherine opened more than 30 years ago, and in these more than 3 decades it has constantly been devoted to sending precious aid to the people of our country.

This great contribution was made possible by the generosity of many chapters of the Circle of the Serbian Sisters (Kolo Srpskih Sestara) in the United States of America, a very important 120-year-old cultural, educational, patriotic, and humanitarian organization, via their generous donations to Lifeline Chicago. As a testament to their devotion in providing aid to those in need, Easter lunches and dinners were delivered to the following institutions:  the four working units of The Center for the Protection of Infants, Children and Youth Zvecanska in Belgrade, which are The Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj Home, The Drinka Pavlovic Home, The Zvecanska 19 Home and The Zvecanska 52 Home; The Homes for Children and Youth: Mika Antic Home in Sombor, The Vera Radivojevic Home in Bela Crkva, The Spomenak Home in Pancevo, The Rada Vranjesevic Home in Banja Luka in Republika Srpska, The Kneginja Ljubica Center for the Development of Social Protection Services in Kragujevac, The Vasa Stajic Home for Children in Belgrade, The Shelter for the Children of Belgrade, Safe Houses in Belgrade and in Pancevo in Serbia, and a Safe House in Modrica in Republika Srpska.

What makes this humanitarian activity especially touching is the fact that Her Majesty Queen Maria, the grandmother of HRH Crown Prince Alexander, was the proud Patron of the Circle of Serbian Sisters in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.  Even during exile, she kept in constant contact with the ladies of this organization, overseeing efforts to assist those in need. In addition, Queen Maria personally donated funds on a monthly basis for charity meals to be delivered to various institutions, during the time of monarchy.

“My husband and I are very grateful to the Circle of Serbian Sisters and Lifeline Chicago for their generosity and support of our joint mission to bring happiness and comfort to our children for Easter. Links between the Royal family Karadjordjevic and the Circle are a tradition that we are following today and will continue in the future. The most important thing is that our children always know that they are loved, as well as that they are not being forgotten and that they will never be”, stated HRH Crown Princess Katherine on this occasion.