LAKE PLACID — As the war in Ukraine rages on, a few locals continue to plan fundraisers to help Ukrainian refugees, soldiers and civilians.
Lake Placid may be more than 4,500 miles from Ukraine, but the war hits close to home for many people living in the village. Residents like USA Luge Marketing Manager Dmitry Feld, a Kyiv, Ukraine native, and Yuliia Tyshevych, an Odesa, Ukraine native and general manager of The Haus, have spearheaded fundraising efforts to send supplies to people in Ukraine. Local groups are also organizing events to raise money for various organizations in Ukraine.
From England to Warsaw
Feld has been working with former Lake Placid resident Viktoria Coubrough, who now lives in the United Kingdom, to send trucks with food and other supplies from the U.K. to Ukraine.
Feld said Coubrough connected with him a few weeks ago to ask if he knew of a shipping company in the U.K. that could move supplies to people in Ukraine. They found a shipping company to move the supplies from the U.K. to Ukraine via Poland, but he said Coubrough was running out of funding for the shipping costs, which is $2,000 for each round-trip run.
Feld told Coubrough he’d raise enough for two truck shipments. He told his friends in Lake Placid, including his friends at USA Luge, and he got an overwhelming response: Lake Placid residents have raised enough money to send at least 10 trucks to Poland and back. He said they’ve already shipped five trucks, and more money is coming in.
Feld said the trucks contain everything from food and medical supplies to baby food, diapers and clothes. People who want to contribute to the trucking project can email Feld at [email protected]
Dinners for refugees
There are two dinners for Ukrainian refugees scheduled for Thursday, April 7.
St. Agnes School is hosting a dinner for Ukrainian refugees from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. The dinner will be simple, St. Agnes Church Rev. John Yonkovig said, with soup, salad and bread. Purple Sage plans to make a Ukrainian borscht soup. Wyatt’s also plans to bring soup, and Yonkovig said local sourdough will be available. He said the church wants to get “a little flavor” of what it’s like for refugees leaving Ukraine, who likely don’t have access to a full-course meal.
“It’s not going to be a luxurious evening out, so to speak,” Yonkovig said.
Donations aren’t required, but offerings are encouraged. Yonkovig said the donations would directly support an orphanage in …….