North Texans raise thousands for Ukrainian refugees in Poland – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, Kinga Badura-Pysz received a call asking if she would accept to welcome a wife and her four children into her Polish home.
A few weeks later, they settled down as a family and another family needed shelter. And throughout his village near Krakow, Badura-Pysz heard stories of refugees in need.
“They came at night with nothing, that’s how the idea of helping the refugees came about, to be honest,” Badura-Pysz said.
The history teacher started collecting basic supplies like food, medicine and diapers. However, other refugees have arrived and the needs have increased.
“It’s really amazing what they’re all going through. All the mothers and children… it’s just amazing,” she said.
That’s when a friend from Fort Worth, a town Badura-Pysz grew up in, reached out to the community asking for donations. And before long, people like business owner Marcelle LeBlanc responded.
“I think most people, you know, want to help out when needed,” LeBlanc said.
To date, they have raised over $13,000 to supply a commissary where Ukrainian refugees can get just about anything they need for free.
“When I see the numbers growing more and more, I can’t believe it. It’s just amazing that the right people are doing a good job. And you know, we can do so much more with this help,” said Badura-Pysz.
With the help of volunteers, Badura-Pysz has not only been able to keep the store open every day, but has also sent three transports of food and medical supplies to those still in Ukraine, proving that there is has power in the community no matter how many miles stand between.