This fundraiser is set up to support a single mom and her 11 year old son who are recent refugees from Ukraine. The most pressing need is uninsured dental work and furnishing for a house they will be moving into soon.
On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine and began a campaign of terror that caused millions of Ukrainians to flee their homes and their country. A recent estimate suggests that approximately 14 million people have been displaced since the invasion began.
In response, the US government launched a new federal program called “Uniting for Ukraine”, which allows American citizens to sponsor Ukrainians wishing to relocate to the US. In May, the first Ukrainian refugees under this program to arrive to Charlotte, NC were Alina Matvieieva and her (now) 11 year old son Valerii. (see URL below from a Charlotte local news station that featured their story)
Alina is a single mom who aged out of the Ukrainian equivalent of the foster care system. Several years ago, Alina’s younger biological sister was adopted from a Ukrainian orphanage by the Kayser family, which lives in the Charlotte metro area. The Kayser family are graciously serving as the sponsors for Alina and her son, while raising several other biological and adopted children.
Since their arrival, many folks have offered their support and helped pay for legal fees (for permanency) and other costs associated with arriving to a new country as a refugee. Nevertheless, Alina and her son have a pressing need in the following two areas: 1. urgent dental care that is not covered by insurance, and 2. furnishing for a house that Alina and her son will be moving in to in the near future.
Alina recently received her work permit and is working at a Food Lion and part time at a local berry farm. However, her income is insufficient to cover the two needs described above.
Any financial support that you can offer will make a tangible difference in the lives of these two.
Thank you for your generosity!
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