DENVER (CBS4)- Four Colorado women with Eastern European roots band together to help the people of Ukraine by raising money and supplies.
Natalia comes from Ukraine. Since the start of the Russian invasion, the weeks have been dark for her as she watches her family and fellow countrymen fight for their independence.
“They have big problems and I pray for my home country,” she said.
The same goes for Yuliana who still has family in Ukraine, but rather than sit back and worry they decided to do something to help. all the way from Colorado.
“It’s painful but now is not the time to grab each other’s throats, this is the time to come together and do something,” she said.
They connected with each other and Polina, who is Latvian, through a mutual Russian friend who wants to help Ukrainians as much as they do but chose to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals from the Russian government.
Together, the four decided to hold a fundraiser and fundraiser for Ukraine on Sunday in Denver, because they say there is strength in unity.
“We can do so much more together than alone,” Polina said.
They say they need warm clothes for men, women and children, as well as childcare supplies, first aid kits and medicine.
What they need more than anything is money to help channel the donations they will collect and get Ukrainians out of harm’s way.
They will not take sides with the invasion because, although they are all worried about the geopolitical future of their respective nations, they say that their main concern is humanity.
“It’s not who’s right and who’s wrong or what kind of opinion someone has, it’s how we can help,” Yuliana said.
If you would like to donate, the fundraiser and supplies drive will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at the Okinawa Dojo located at 3425 S. Oleander Court in Denver.