Dana and I picked up our trailer to continue our Athena journey. But, we had a minor setback after we left Phoenix. Athena had the flattened leaf springs and bend axles repaired but the bent axles caused the tires to wear on the inside. The drive felt off, so we had to stop and replace two of four tires. It was a minor hiccup, then we were off to New Mexico for a couple of nights. We relaxed and golfed. Tulsa was our next stop, but Texas is so big that we stopped in Amarillo for a night. We are now in Tulsa, and we will be going to the Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Black Wallstreet Museums. Dana and I are rolling along and enjoying life. We’re grateful!
“Relieve the crisis. Thoughtfully. With discipline and heart. Now.”
Update from Ukraine Relief Initiative (URI) and our partner, Kraków Dębniki for Ukraine (KDU):
Our friend from KDU asked if URI could help buy groceries for four Ukrainian families in Kraków that have kids with disabilities. The mom said, “We have never bought so many products in one trip and here it was given to us for free.” Thank you to all who donated to our mission in Kraków. These women and children have a bit more food security because of you.
Several compassionate volunteers from URI and KDU took supplies into a rural refugee center in Ukraine. There are 80 women and children living in the center, which has one bathroom and no running water. They take two jugs and walk five minutes to a spring to fill them with water. This was the new goal… bringing running water into the kitchen. While several women entertained the children, URI and KDU volunteers worked side by side with three Ukrainian men and came up with a plan of tapping into well water, and a purification system was installed. There is now running water in the kitchen! These are other items that you helped fund, a large capacity washing machine, 40 new mattresses, cases of dried milk and shelf-stable food, bags of basic medicines and vitamins, 80 bags/bottles of adult and kiddo shampoos and soaps, 50 pounds of fresh vacuum-sealed meat, fun things for kiddos, and the big one: a water purification system. With giant smiles and tears in their eyes, they thanked the volunteers.
So, you see, the needs of our Ukrainian friends are humongous. And because of you, so many displaced Ukrainians are being helped. Thank you so much. Please share the stories of these innocent Ukrainians and consider another donation if you are able. Thank you so much for your generosity…together we are making a difference. Be positive and stay safe!
Freedom is possible!
Cindy and Dana
P.S. If you are in the San Diego area on Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 pm, The Unity Center is creating a peaceful concert with cello and piano music and poetry. The concert proceeds benefit Kraków Dębniki for Ukraine. A Polish NGO housing, serving Ukrainian women and children fleeing the war. Fundacja Kocham Debniki. The goal is $10,000, and $8,296 has already been raised through the PayPal account below! Thank you, Rev Wendy Craig-Purcell, and all members and attendees at The Unity Center for your generosity in donating funds for food, supplies, programs, and direct care for our Ukrainian guests. Ukraine Relief Initiative☮️
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.
* 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.