We all have watched one month+ of Russian aggression towards Ukraine and its people. Even with all my travels and relocations - Ukraine is home. I lived there when I was a child and was compelled to move back when I was an adult. I always like to think that I have two homes: one in Kyiv, Ukraine; one in Houston, TX.
When the war started, I immediately sprang into action to help - logistically getting women and children out of the country, getting families out of dangerous areas, purchasing supplies, and donating whatever and wherever I could. Here are the needs we have and a brief description of how your contribution will help to continue to continue these efforts:
Safe Houses and Necessities: I set up one house and two apartments in Milicz, Poland, as safe places for desperate refugee families who have fled Ukraine. My friend, Dr. Ola Radomska, helps with all the medical needs people have and her family takes care of everyone who arrives at the safe places. The safe places provide beds, bedding, dinner and cookware and other basic needs. Some stay, some move on, but the places are always full of adults and children. We currently need help to keep renting these properties and pay the associated bills. Some people need help getting established permanently, even those who are getting jobs. The people in Milicz have been extremely generous in donating food and basic hygienic supplies, but more is desperately needed.
Fuel and Supplies: Daniil, Nataliya, and I donated our cars to volunteers in Ukraine to bring in supplies from the West, deliver them where they are needed, then take people away from the hot zones on the way back west. Fuel and supply costs are desperately needed.
Equipment: Volunteers that go into the hot zones need bulletproof vests, flashlights, and helmets to keep them safe while they pull people, including children out of rubble or patrol areas at night. Funds for more tactical gear are desperately needed.
There are too many people to thank for making all this possible, but I am so grateful for their help. I would be very grateful for your contribution to these worthy endeavors!
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