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A group of volunteers from MercyWorks, a ministry of Youth With A Mission in Tyler, will go to the Ukraine-Poland border to begin relief efforts for Ukrainian refugees.
According to the United Nations, more than 500,000 Ukrainians have left their country since the Russian invasion of their country started in March 2014. The majority of them have fled to Poland.
After receiving a call, MercyWorks swiftly collected and provided donations to two essential causes: orphans and direct disaster aid.
A group of 100 displaced orphans and their caregivers escaped their orphanage and traveled 19 hours to safety. According to MercyWorks officials, the organization assists with their feeding and housing needs while they are in their care.
Additionally, MercyWorks delivers truckloads of food to Ukraine for those who have fled their homes but have not yet returned to their own country. Refugees in the neighboring region of Poland are being given food, shelter, and personal hygiene products.
Debbie Lascelles, MercyWorks Director, said the organization coordinates its activities with YWAM Ukraine and other YWAM centers in the area that are involved in various ways. “Many people are assisting refugees by providing food and shelter. MercyWorks will use the funds donated to assist with these disaster relief initiatives.”
In East Texas, the first MercyWorks Ukrainian refugee team, headed by worker Glenn Price, will conduct a vital needs assessment and plan logistics for more groups to come later.
MercyWorks continues to generate cash for Ukrainian refugee aid and is looking for short-term volunteers to assist with the refugees in Poland, according to the organization’s website.