DECATUR, Georgia – A Ukrainian from Metro Atlanta tries to raise awareness about the war in her home country.
She has launched several Facebook pages which she hopes will help people struggling to survive.
“I feel like this is a horrible dream and I will wake up and everything will be normal,” Olga Westfall said.
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Westfall said her hands are tied as fighting rages in her home country.
“My parents and friends say they alarm all the time, they have to run to the bunkers,” Westfall said. “People are saying goodbye, saying we’re slowly dying.”
She even got a scary phone call from a friend.
“He basically called to say goodbye. He said this huge column is on its way and only God can help us,” she said.
So the people of Decatur in eastern Ukraine did the only thing she thought they could to help. She created several Facebook pages for the Ukrainian community in Atlanta urging people to donate to the National Bank of Ukraine which has opened a special fundraising account to support the armed forces the.
“I raise awareness and we encourage people to donate to the National Bank of Ukraine,” she said. “We let people know when the next rally will be a fundraiser for a humanitarian organization in Ukraine that we know of.”
Westfall said she is deeply religious and also prays for the people of Ukraine.
“I want to do everything I can by praying, by raising awareness,” she said. “At least I can cheer them on, tell them I prayed, click like, say something nice. It shows they’re not alone.”
Some members talk about attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Atlanta on Saturday wearing traditional Ukrainian dress and/or blue and yellow. They are also discussing a rally in Piedmont Park, possibly March 19.
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