The Russian invasion of Ukraine is pushing people from their homes and supplies are desperately needed. Local Ukrainians are helping in West Michigan and you can too.

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I couldn't imagine being forced out of my home because another country was invading my country, my city, and my home. I also couldn't imagine having to worry about my parents hiding in the woods to escape the invaders and having to worry about their safety.

Ukrainians in West Michigan

Ukrainians that live in West Michigan have been trying to find ways to help people in their homeland of Ukraine with some humanitarian relief. Sending supplies to Ukraine is difficult but something that needs to be done.

There are Ukrainian families living here in West Michigan that has loved ones who are trying to flee the destruction of their own country. Finding food and medical supplies is very difficult for them and that is why families here are putting together their own fundraiser and putting matters into their own hands to make sure supplies get where they need to.

According to WOOD, Veronika Pluene who is a Ukrainian woman in Grand Rapids along with her sister has teamed up to help her family and others in Ukraine. The two have been ordering medical supplies and encouraging others to do so via social media.

Pluene has put together an Amazon gift registry so others could donate to the cause. This will also ensure that those in need of supplies will know where to receive it once it is shipped.

How Can I Help Ukrainians?

If you would like to donate to help Ukrainians there are two ways you can do so locally here in Grand Rapids. You can make a donation to Pluene's Amazon gift registry right here. 

The St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Grand Rapids is also accepting donations. The church has collected nearly $13,000 and donations are still coming in. You can stop by the St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church to make a donation or you can send a check to St Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, 154 Gold Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Mi 49504.

15 Ways You Can Help People in Ukraine Right Now

As Americans watch events unfold in Ukraine, many wonder how they can help. Below is a list of organizations responding to the crisis in Ukraine along with information on how you can support their various missions. 

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