We along with the majority of the world, are outraged by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This outrage grows by the day as we witness the widespread and purposeful killing of civilians.
There are a great many things that we all can do to support Ukraine, but no matter what the effort, it all helps. It can be a prayer for the innocents, a toy donation to a group in your town found on Facebook, or booking a stay at a Ukrainian home via Airbnb, but never going so funds go immediately to a local host.
A growing number of groups and non-profits are available to receive financial and in-kind donations. For example, LinkedIN has this list of groups and CNN has another list of non-profits to support the many needs of Ukrainians. Every conceivable type of support is needed to help defenders of the country fight off the invasion as well as support those displaced. As with any charity, make sure you review the organization before you donate.
Reaching out to your representatives in Washington D.C. to implore them to expedite needed weapons, humanitarian aid, as well as ceasing all business with Russia until the hostilities stop is another way to help stop this senseless war.
If you have watched any interviews of Ukrainians since the invasion, from their president to soldiers to those in a bunker, another message has emerged. They all have made the point that this horrible event is also about more than just Ukraine. It is that one country invading another country on false pretenses is an unacceptable act. Making the act even more reprehensible is the wanton shelling and firing on civilian areas.
Most people in the industrialized world thought that military conflict between large nations was a thing of the past. The singer Sting thought his 1985 song “Russians” about nuclear war where one of the lyrics is “I hope the Russians love their children too”, was irrelevant in today’s world. However, a few days ago he released a new version to help spread the word to end the senseless conflict.
Please take some action today to help stop this war and perhaps we all can help make mass military conflict and senseless loss of life largely irrelevant again.