With snow already falling in Ukraine, we were thrilled this past month when volunteers began distributing 3,100 winter coats we had made by a talented group of 38 women at a small factory in Ternopil. (Three of whom are refugees.) So not only will these coats keep children warm this winter, the effort has put food on the tables of Ukrainian families and helped the local economy.
Unfortunately, this winter will be worse for three main reasons: last year’s winter was milder than usual; Ukraine has only restored 7% of the destroyed power generation; and we expect the Russians will start bombing the energy grid again resulting in blackouts in the coming months. So, we’re also distributing blankets and comforters at Christmas events we’re sponsoring at 42 children’s homes. Our initial goal is to purchase 400 at $15 each, but if we raise more money for this effort we will buy as many as we can to help keep these kids warm.