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

Alison is a lover of boybands, cheese, and a good leather jacket (not always in that order). Born and raised on the Jersey Shore, she left her career as a radio personality to move to Texas with the love of her life, Ed. Since moving to Austin, she became a wife, and mama to two sweet little boys Simon (2018) and Arlo (2021). She loves salsa dancing, nail salons that serve champagne, and has an Mmmbop tattoo. Although she misses her family, the seasons, and the sea back East, Alison is happy to call ATX home with her boys. You can find Alison on Instagram @aliwontshutup

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