The women of Mass. return from a goodwill mission to help Ukrainians

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Two Massachusetts women have returned home a week after embarking on a goodwill mission to help the people of Ukraine. Ulana Nosal, who came to the United States from Ukraine when she was 12, and Terry Reid, whose grandmother is Ukrainian, flew from Boston to Poland on March 7 to deliver desperately needed medical supplies to Ukrainians on behalf of the Sunflower of Peace organization. After arriving in Poland, Nosal and Reid drove for hours to bring eight gym bags full of medical supplies to the border in Ukraine. It was very emotional, but we did a lot of good,” Nosal said after arriving at Logan International Airport on Monday. The original plan was to help find housing for millions of Ukrainians crossing the Polish border, but their mission changed after visiting refugee centers. The women eventually decided to go out and buy $30,000 worth of supplies like diapers, formula, socks and sleeping bags, all with l Ukrainian American Youth Association in Boston helped the truck over and over and over and over and kept buying the things they needed,” Nosal said. “That’s what we need today. Can you go get this, this, this and that?’ and we went and did it,” Reid said. Nosal and Reid, who are mothers themselves, have met so many courageous Ukrainian mothers crossing the border with their children. he woman in particular was all alone with her child and had nowhere to go, and mothers in Massachusetts were able to quickly settle her into a family. “She had to trust us. Imagine trying to convince a mother with a young baby: ‘We’ll take care of you. We promise,” Reid said. “This trip is worth it,” Nosal said. The women are returning home with a message and a call to the U.S. government. , senators, please, please, please do something,” Nosal said. “There are Ukrainians who have family here and we can take care of them. I couldn’t take them and it broke my heart.” Nosal and Reid said they would make a return trip to Eastern Europe to help more Ukrainians in need.

Two Massachusetts women have returned home a week after embarking on a goodwill mission to help the people of Ukraine.

Ulana Nosal, who came to the United States from Ukraine when she was 12, and Terry Reid, whose grandmother is Ukrainian, flew from Boston to Poland on March 7 to deliver supplies desperately needed medical supplies to Ukrainians on behalf of Sunflower of Peace.

After arriving in Poland, Nosal and Reid drove for hours to bring eight gym bags full of medical supplies to the Ukrainian border.

“It was very emotional, but we did a lot of good,” Nosal said after arriving at Logan International Airport on Monday.

“Coming from Ukraine to Poland, it was so crowded – just chaos, terror and crying,” Reid said.

Nosal and Reid originally planned to help find housing for millions of Ukrainians crossing the Polish border, but their mission changed after visiting refugee centers. The women eventually decided to go out and buy $30,000 worth of supplies like diapers, formula, socks and sleeping bags, all with the help of the Ukrainian American Youth Association in Boston.

“We helped so many people. We were able to just pack the truck over and over and over and over and keep buying the things they needed,” Nosal said.

“‘That’s what we need today. Can you go get this, this, this and that?’ and we went and did that,” Reid said.

Nosal and Reid, who are mothers themselves, have met so many brave Ukrainian mothers crossing the border with their children. One woman in particular was all alone with her child and had nowhere to go, and mothers in Massachusetts were able to quickly settle her into a family.

“She had to trust us. Imagine trying to convince a mother with a young baby, ‘We’ll take care of you. We promise,'” Reid said.

“The change in her voice, the rest during the night, and knowing her baby is safe, that made all the difference. That’s what made this trip worth it,” Nosal said.

The women return home with a message and an appeal to the US government.

“We know this is a humanitarian disaster, and the only way to end it is to provide the Ukrainian military with what they need,” Reid said.

“Congressmen, senators, please, please, please do something,” Nosal said. “There are Ukrainians who have family here and we can take care of them. I couldn’t take them and it broke my heart.”

Nosal and Reid said they would make a return trip to Eastern Europe to help more Ukrainians in need.

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