Like all wars, the current crisis in Ukraine is the result of hate, and the cause of ruin and death. But for each of these: hate, ruin, and death, there is an opposite, and more powerful reaction.
This is that reaction.
For the past several days, our family has been desperately attempting to evacuate six of our family members from Kamianske, which is located in the eastern part of Ukraine and has had heavy fighting occurring to the North, East and South, since the invasion began.
After repeated attempts, dozens of relief groups contacted, and a few short-lived cease-fires, our two sisters and their four children were able to get on an evacuation bus headed to the Polish border. They were able to take nothing but the clothes on their backs and a few small grocery bags.
Our sister Anya is a single mother of our niece, Dasha (13). Our sister Elena and her three children, Nikita (9), Violetta (6), and Arianna (3 months), had to leave their father, Sasha, who stayed behind to fight in the Ukrainian army.
Shortly after his wife and children boarded the bus, Sasha called our family and said, through very uncharacteristic tears: “this was the hardest decision I have ever made, but I know that it’s the right one. I can still go back to my house, but my family is no longer there, so I will be living at the military base.”
As the evacuation process has played out, we are quickly realizing that this will be a very long and expensive process. The goal is to get Elena, Nikita, Violetta, Arianna, Anya, and Dasha through Poland, to France, and then to Utah where they will have a safe home. Whether they choose to stay and hopefully have Sasha join them in the future, or choose to return to Ukraine if the situation improves, will be up to them and we will provide support for either decision.
For those of you who wish to help financially in this process, we are setting up this fundraiser to help cover costs of evacuation, lodging, transport, clothing, food, legal expenses, and other relocation costs that could extend for months into the future (and for Sasha, even longer). We also have additional family members who are still in Ukraine that we will be trying to help as well.
We will be posting updates on the evacuation process here on this blog.
We will also be posting all donations as they come in as well as every receipt for each expense paid out. You can list yourself as anonymous if you don’t want your name to be viewed. Anyone donating will be able to see and track exactly how their donations are used. This can be found here: Link to a google sheet to show donations and expenses & Link to google drive folder to show receipts
The love and support that our family has received the past few days has been staggering. The goodness of humanity cannot be overstated, especially in circumstances like these.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
How to Give a Gift
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NOTE: We have put Emily Leger in charge of handling the donated funds. You can learn more about Emily and how she fits into the story on our "About Us" page.
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