The situation in Ukraine is beyond tragic. We see it on the news and in our feeds, but what can Milwaukeeans really do from 5,000 miles away? Well, here are a few ideas:
Support this business. The Door County Candle Company, owned by a Ukranian woman, is selling blue and yellow candles and giving 100 percent of proceeds to Razom for Ukraine, a Ukrainian 501 (c)(3) organization.
"As a Ukrainian-American, what’s happening in Ukraine is hitting me, and many others, deeply to my core. We are heartbroken, concerned and scared for all of those in Ukraine. This special Ukraine candle is a way I feel we can make a difference," says owner Christiana (Gorchynsky) Trapani.
Order a Ukraine candle here.
Check out this Facebook page. Host A Sister is a global movement by women that supports women in myraid ways. Join the group here. Currently, the organization has a focus on helping Ukranian women. If nothing else, it will give you all the good feels to know there are so many caring, compassionate women on this planet.
"We are a global community of women, a place where sisters can connect to form friendships around the world during their travels or even share their homes for free as part of a cultural exchange. We welcome all females age 18 or older to join regardless of which gender was assigned at birth," reads the Facebook page.
Envision peace. However you put intention behind something you'd like to see happen, now's the time to do it. Pray, meditate, visualize, light candles, think good thoughts – whatever you got in you. Will this end the war? Maybe not. But will this hurt the situation? Absolutely not.
Donate money. Locally, St. Michaels Ukranian Catholic Church, 1025 S. 11th St., is accepting donations via their website. As of yesterday, the South Side church had raised almost $10,000. Go here for more info and/or to donate.
To donate on a national / international level, these organizations are backed by the Better Business Bureau (BBB):
- Catholic Relief Services: BBB Wise Giving Alliance Report and Ukraine Relief Activities
- Direct Relief: BBB Wise Giving Alliance Report and Ukraine Relief Activities
- GlobalGiving: BBB Wise Giving Alliance Report and Ukraine Relief Activities
- International Rescue Committee: BBB Wise Giving Alliance Report and Ukraine Relief Activities
- Save the Children: BBB Wise Giving Alliance Report and Ukraine Relief Activities
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