RICHMAND, Virginia (WRIC) – A joint nonprofit organization between the United States and Ukraine that helps at least 2,000 poor and needy Ukrainians is working hard as blasts continue to shake the area as Russia continues to attack Ukraine.
The organization said at least two parents of their clients were killed the first night after the blasts. The leaders said they were doing their best to help these widowed mothers and their children.
Irena Vnglovska lives in Ukraine and is a member of the Mission to Ukraine organization based in Indiana. She described the unimaginable situation in which she and other Ukrainians now find themselves, explaining the moments she had to hide when the sirens sounded.
“People just live in constant stress and alert,” she said.
Vnglowska said she was in Zhytomyr, just ten miles from the city’s military airport.
“I woke up because I heard the bombing. And they bombed our military airport, ”she said.
In Richmond, Virginia, Debbie Butler is another member of the Mission to Ukraine. She said she was in constant contact with Vnglovskaya.
She described the moment when her heart fell into the group with Vnglovskaya.
“Suddenly in the chat they say, I hear sirens, do you hear that? I hear explosions. We have to hide. And she fell silent, ”she said.
Butler was in Ukraine just a few weeks ago, helping to develop an emergency plan.
“The same things I told them to think about as we did during the hurricane. Really? What if the stores don’t work and you can’t get the money. So we saved some money just in case they needed it. We have supplied or stored products for three months, ”she said.
Vnglovska said that the greatest need of Ukrainians are online consultations. She worries about the incessant attacks that the humanitarian catastrophe is on the border.
“Everyone is afraid. Women are afraid. Kids, kids are so scared. They sat in the shelter for days, hours, days, ”she described.
Now, due to prolonged attacks, it is difficult for Ukrainians to deliver supplies or money. But Butler soon said the organization would know more about how to volunteer abroad.
Butler said the organization has raised $ 150,000 so far, but she said it was a drop in the bucket compared to what they would need if Vnglowska could become a “humanitarian catastrophe.”
Butler said the public could donate them to its disaster relief fund website or their Facebook page.