Sunday, March 6, 2022

How to Help

Gah, how do you start with the state of the world right now. How can we help when the problem is so big, so awful, and so far away? 

Here are a few trusted ways to help those in the Ukraine right now.

"Here at DeFeet in North Carolina, we have local friends with an adopted son who grew up in a Ukrainian orphanage. His village was invaded this week, leaving 53 children and staff members hiding in a bomb shelter. We will donate all the proceeds from the sale of the Love for Ukraine sock to the orphanage. If we are unable to find a secure way to transfer funds, we will donate the proceeds to the International Rescue Committee"

Give to LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF, an organization founded at the end of WWII to help Europeans recover. Supporting refugees in crisis is what they are great at. You can donate specifically to help those fleeing Ukraine here. There is a check box at the end of the form to ensure 100% of your donation will go directly to the mission.

Buy a tutorial or digital art from a Ukrainian artist. Etsy has waived fees for Ukrainian artists. Do a search using "Ukraine" and "digital download" or "tutorial" to find some good candidates.

Along those same lines, you can "rent" an AirBnB in Ukraine so that the owner gets the money, or donate to AirBnB.Org, who provides places to stay for those in crisis.

If words are more your jam when it comes to art, check out Words for War, suggested by my friend and poet Rosie Driscoll. Rosie is one of the most thoughtful people I know, the poetry she shares is always amazing.

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