Most of us in the West will never have to worry about a full-blown war or invasion seizing our cities. The likelihood that Russia will move into eastern Ukraine, however, rises daily. I don’t pretend to know what will happen. But I do know that I have three friends in that country who may soon be in need of money to escape the conflict or support themselves through it.
So I have created a very simple Crowdrise page to help raise funds for these friends, who live in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. They are a wonderful young woman and a young couple.
This is the first time I have ever attempted such a thing. Frankly I feel out of sorts doing it. The money would be used for ensuring my friends have food and supplies in case of severe economic disruption. Also, it is very likely they will relocate, for obvious reasons, if an invasion happens. I would like to help them resettle if necessary. That, of course, costs money.
This is the actual link to the Crowdrise page: https://www.crowdrise.com/TheUkrainianFreedomFund/fundraiser/robertwargas
Or you can simply click here.
I would endlessly appreciate even a few dollars. It’s a humbling experience to want to help people you love but not be able to do so without the help of strangers.
Even simple fundraising is not without its risks and costs, however. My posting of these links on Twitter has already brought out the inevitable cries of “scammer” from the many violent-minded people who inhabit that site. It is not enough for these people simply to ignore the links; they must immediately launch into threatening, slanderous tirades. Within minutes I was told I deserved death for creating the page. I do feel embarrassed for such people. Are they this enraged and paranoid and cynical every minute of every day?
Be cynical if you must, but I had to try something to help my friends. You would, too.