Since Russia began its attack on Ukraine last Thursday parents have been struggling to explain the situation to their kids. Families looking to help the people of Ukraine may be unsure of what they can actually do. One thing all parents can do is to stay informed and separate fact from fiction for their children. With tons of information spreading on social media, moms and dads should keep the lines of conversation open with kids in an age-appropriate manner.
Another thing families can do together is to donate to a verified charity. There are plenty of reputable organizations that are providing relief on the ground to the people of Ukraine who are displaced or fleeing. Whether you choose to give to a large organization or a grassroots effort, it’s essential to make sure that the charity you give money to is a reputable one. Sadly, many people see a crisis as an opportunity to scam those who want to give. Here are some organizations with proven track records that take online donations. When you give, make it a family endeavor so your kids can see how and why you’re choosing to help.
Bethenny Frankel’s organization has raised 3M to relocate Ukrainian refugees. Their new goal is 5M and you can help them reach it. One hundred percent of donations go to the effort.
Global Empowerment Mission
This Miami-based organization is on the ground in the village of Medyka, Poland, using donations to buy refugees train and plane tickets to help them reach any family or friends they may have in Europe.
Global Giving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund
Your donation will help affected communities in Ukraine, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children, who need access to food, medical services and psychosocial support.
International Rescue Committee
The IRC is mobilizing resources to aid the people in Ukraine who were forced to flee their homes.
This nonprofit is collecting supplies for Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes.
This charity is assembling supply packages that include diapers for children and adults, baby food, hospital supplies and dry foods for an orphanage in Donetsk.
Sunflower of Peace
This American charity is raising money to put together first aid backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines.
United Help Ukraine
They are raising money to send first aid kits and other humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Voices of Children
This Ukraine-based aid organization provides psychological support to children who have witnessed war through art therapy and storytelling.
This organization is providing immediate evacuation support to Ukrainians attempting to flee their homes.
World Central Kitchen
Chef Jose Andrés and his organization are at the Ukraine-Poland border providing meals for the hungry.
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