Dana and I are at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. We’ve been dodging rain showers, but the foliage is green and lush. But we’ll take it because it’s beautiful. It’s a different landscape from southern California. Experiencing different landscapes of the U.S. is just one of the things we enjoy while traveling in Athena. So, we kayak and play golf in between the rain. We are grateful to be living our dream!

 

Stopped for the night in Joplin, MO.

 

Even though we are in the US, a big part of my heart is still in Poland. The community center had a generous donation of 14 laptops, and they were configured and networked last week. Artwork is up on the walls of the daycare center. This room will welcome displaced Ukrainian children while their moms get support for learning Polish or English, and assisting with job searches. The Ukrainians are strong and resilient as they move toward a new and safe life.

Kids’ Corner at the community center in Kraków.

The community center isn’t even open yet, but moms and kids are already arriving! The opening will be June 5th. But, they were welcomed with open arms. Your donations have made this possible. Thank you so much for your generosity.

The first guests of the daycare corner of the community center. Welcome, little children!

Moms and grandmoms are in the clothes pantry at the community center.

To our fantastic KDU partners, you dropped everything in your lives to give love and bring needed care for our Ukrainian guests. You are all heroes. To our Ukrainian guests, your courage is a beacon of light for humanity. We are so blessed to be associated with each of you. We miss you all. Sending love across the ocean.

And, to our family and friends, thank you for helping to fund this community center. Our hearts are full. Please consider another donation to help us sustain this much-needed center to help our Ukrainian friends start a new life. And please share our message with your trusted circle. There are so many displaced Ukrainians that need our help. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Until next week…Be positive and stay safe…and hope for peace!

Freedom is possible!

 

Much love,
Cindy and Dana

P.S. I’m happy to announce the concert at The Unity Center last Sunday, May 20th, benefiting the Ukraine relief efforts, was a huge success! Their goal was $10,000.00, and because of the generosity of The Unity Center community, $12,000.00 was raised! Thank you, Rev Wendy Craig-Purcell, and all members and attendees at the Unity Center for your generosity in helping our Ukrainian friends. I made this 10 minute video for the fundraiser explaining a little about how your donations are helping displaced Ukrainians and would like to share it with you, https://youtu.be/1A4mPRq48UI. Please share this link with your friends and family. Together we can offer hope to many displaced Ukrainians.

 

HOW TO MAKE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

These contributions are tax-deductible through HCC, our registered 501(c)(3) pass-through charity.

TO CONTRIBUTE BY CHECK:

Make your check payable to **Hispanic Community Council** (VERY IMPORTANT: not to Ukraine Relief Initiative). After you write your check to the Hispanic Community Council, please mail your check to:

Ukrainian Relief Initiative
c/o Gladys Archer
115 Main Ave
Warren, PA 16365

Please indicate “Ukrainian Relief Initiative” in the check memo and include a note with your contact info (address, phone, email). * See the footnote at the bottom for details on the Hispanic Community Council.

TO CONTRIBUTE ELECTRONICALLY BY PAYPAL:

Use this link:   https://www.paypal.me/UkraineReliefInitiat. PayPal goes through Gladys Archer, serving as a liaison between the “Ukraine Relief Initiative” and “Hispanic Community Council,” our 501(c)3 pass-through organization.

In the memo, please include your name, address, phone #, and email so we can process your tax receipt.

CONTRIBUTE WITH NO TAX RECEIPT

Venmo directly to my personal account now, and I’ll ensure your funds get where they need to be. Make sure to indicate “Ukraine Relief Initiative” in the transfer. Please give me your contact info (phone, email, address). You can Venmo directly to me:

Click this link, https://account.venmo.com/u/Cynthia-Henson-12.

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* In light of the emergency needs in Poland/Ukraine and the prohibitively long lead time of months or even years to establish a new charity in the US, the Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County (HCC), a local 501(c)(3) charity in the Warren-Jamestown area, has generously stepped forward, slashed the red tape, and agreed to act as the passthrough charity to process payments and issue tax receipts for our Ukraine Relief Initiative, consistent with their broad charitable mandate relating to international community engagement.  HCC is not charging our initiative one single penny to act as our passthrough charity. 100% of your contributions sent to HCC and earmarked for the Ukrainian Relief Initiative will go directly towards our mission of relieving the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

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