FEASTERVILLE, PA (KYW Newsradio) — Support for Ukraine is pouring in from the Philadelphia area. Monetary and physical donations are collected throughout the region to help the Ukrainian people.
“Time is running out because no one knows when it will end,” said Vlad Uchenuk. He and his wife, Nataliya, wired the money through the Bucks County-based Ukrainian Selfdependence Federal Credit Union, which acts as a liaison to transfer donations into the country.
The money goes straight to a bank in Ukraine for their family to cash in – a family they talk to often, who share a clearer picture of what’s going on, like Nataliya Uchenuk’s cousin.
“She’s like, ‘We got used to mermaids. It doesn’t scare you as much as [it] used to.’ And that’s horrifying to me,” she said.
But it’s a way of helping they feel they can provide – by funding shipments of supplies like medical and protective equipment. Paul Mizak feels the same.
“I know people sacrifice so much more than me,” he said, “and I want to be able to help in any way I can.”
Transfer fees are waived for members of credit unions. Non-members can also donate. They can deposit a check or donate directly to them.
Laura Naumenko, who works in human resources, said it was amazing to see Ukraine coming together like never before.
“I actually get goosebumps thinking about it,” she said. “There is more good in the world, and if we do more good as the world shows, I really think we will win.”