Scenes of war in Ukraine, mixed messages from the media, and families being ripped apart take over my feed while I’m waiting in my car at Target Drive-Up. To be honest, I’m pretty embarrassed to be sitting here waiting on tooth paste, snacks and Easter decorations.
But what can I do?
To have freedom at my fingertips seems extremely self-indulgent after watching a video of NICU babies in a bomb shelter in Ukraine. My babies are buckled safely in their seats behind me. I don’t know what I’m making for dinner tonight, but I know my kids will be safe. And with me.
But what can I do?
Do I repost blindly? Am I allowed to cry…comfortably from worlds away? How can I learn more? Can I donate? Where do I even donate?
The events in Ukraine are heartbreaking and although we might be feeling helpless, we need to raise our voices. As mothers, daughters, humans, we have permission to feel and a duty to teach our children. War is never the answer. And maybe, just maybe, if we keep speaking to our children about it there will be brighter days ahead.
There are always things you can do to be a light. Here are eight organizations working to make a difference as conflict in Ukraine escalates.
United Help Ukraine-receiving and distributing donations, food, and medical supplies to internally displaced Ukrainians, families affected by the conflict.
Nova Ukraine-Non-profit providing citizens with everything from baby food, to hygiene supplies and clothing.
People in Need-they are providing food, emergency shelter, drinking water and more to over 200,000 people in need.
The Ukrainian Red Cross-helping to aid refugees and train doctors in Ukraine
UNICEF Ukraine-working hard to repair schools damaged by the bombings and providing emergency response to children affected by the conflict
The Kyiv Independent-an Independent Ukrainian English-language media outlet created to protect editorial independence
Ukraine World– another Independent Ukrainian English-language media outlet
United Nations Refugee Agency-working with governments in neighboring countries to keep borders open to those seeking safety