MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Local support for Ukraine continues to grow in the form of tens of thousands of dollars in donations.
For Mary Ostapenko Anstett and the other East Side Neighborhood Services volunteers, the message is simple.
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“We serve people,” Anstett said.
Even a small sum could make a big difference for Ukrainian refugees crossing the Polish border.
“Diapers, formula, clothes,” she said. “We see women, children and elderly people crossing the border with just a bag in their name.”
Something this first-generation Ukrainian American says is heartbreaking.
“We just wanted to reach out and do whatever we can to help,” she said.
And throughout the day, it was a connection to the cause that generated donations for many.
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“I have a personal connection, I would say, to my mother, as she was born in a bomb shelter during World War II while fleeing the Nazi occupation of Kharkiv,” resident Andrey Pyatogorets said. from Minneapolis. “That’s why we try to help what we can do.”
This comes at a time when community efforts to support Ukraine continue to grow. At Allina Health, tens of thousands of dollars in medical supplies are now being directed to the front lines.
“I think our employees are seeing images coming from this area, they’re wondering what they can do to help,” said Sharah Charai, director of supply chain operations for Allina Health.
Anstett and others hope they will make a difference.
“I just hope that all this madness will stop very soon and life will go back to normal a bit,” Pyatogorets said.
Anstett says East Side Neighborhood Services will continue to accept donations like formula and first aid kits in the coming days. They will also accept cash donations.
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There are currently a number of organizations providing aid to Ukraine. Click here for more information.