My Dearest Friends,
I wanted to first off take a moment to apologize if I've seemed absent over the last few weeks. With the current state of events, it seemed only right to take a moment to pause, comprehend what's taking place in the world, and how I could do my part to help in any way possible.
As some of you know, I came to the states as a refugee from Russia. I was born in Ukraine and grew up in Moscow before I came to NYC. So this one hits close to home. You may also know that I am a mother. I can't help but think - "what if that were me or my daughter?" and what these families must be going through. I simply cannot imagine. The things that are happening right now are unimaginable.
If you are like me and are looking for ways in which you can help with the crisis taking place in Ukraine and Russia, I wanted to share with you a few organizations that are really making a difference in helping these victims seek refuge.
Helps provide food and supplies for Ukrainian families, especially children.
Provides food, supplies, evacuation assistance, shelter for Ukrainian refugees.
And I'd also like to announce that for the month of March, we've partnered with BEAM to allow 1% of every purchase made on our site go towards Save the Children: Fund for Ukrainian Families. Or if you prefer to donate to the organization directly, click here.
That's all I have for now.
May you take a moment for yourself to pause and process, too.
Take good care,
Sending our love, support and prayers to the people of Ukraine. May they find strength and peace in the days and weeks ahead.
Katya, sending you and your family much love. Thank you sharing this valuable information. May the support of our communities lift their spirits and provide aid to those in need.
My heart goes out to you and your family…as well as the people of Ukraine…and some of the Russian families suffering and watching their loved ones in Ukraine.