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Marina
Marina SAYS:
Pryvit to you all, good peop…
Pryvit to you all, good people!

I landed back in New York yesterday after an AMAZING trip to Ukraine!
This is a quick report of the goings-on with me there:
First of all, I had tremendous help from Ukrainian volunteers that I admire so so so much. They spend all day every day volunteering for their country and their people!! Some of them told me they hardly see their own families because their volunteering and coordinating efforts take so much time. Through their help I did one session in a village outside Kyiv on the first day of my "Facepainting trip". Tania and Oksana were invaluable in setting this up! Unfortunately I don't know they name of the Refugee Center outside Kyiv, but it was a beautiful day and lots of gorgeous kids! I had a sweet translator, Svitlana. I donated English kids' books to them.

Second session I did was in Kramatorsk, in a community center called Vilna Hata (free house). Later on that same evening I did a third session in Slovyansk at Teplitsya community center. These two organizations are run by a Lviv NGO. I donated some of our money to each center, as well as some of the English childrens' books. Ljubomyr, Kolya, Inna, and Asenyi were invaluable help in setting it up and translating!

Fourth session was conducted back in Kyiv at a Volunteer Center called Frolivskaya 9/11. They have a camp for kids mainly from Donetsk and Luhansk, and some kids from Crimea. I only did facepainting there that evening. Fifth session was also conducted at the same center the next day, and this time I did my dance workshop. I donated our money to this place as well. There Tania, Elena, and Lydia were a huge help!

I ended up with approx $200 left over, and I am planning to use that money to ship clothes and more of the English childrens' books to Ukraine. There are too many stories, details, thoughts, and memories from this trip to share in one email, but I plan to write a blogpost soon and will share that so you can partake further if you wish.
The one thing that I want to share is this: ALL the kids, wherever I went, asked me "Did you come from New York JUST for us?", and I answered "Yes, I did!!". Their faces lit up like little lanterns, the way only kids' faces can, and they bust out "Thank yooou!" with big smiles on their faces. So "Thank yooou!" from all the kids!

Marina
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Marina
Marina SAYS:
Hello all you lovelies! I a…
Hello all you lovelies!

I am just hours away from departure to Ukraine, and I couldn't have done it without you! I want to thank you all so much again for your contribution to make this trip possible! My suitcases are filled with children's books in English (I hope I am not fined for super heavy suitcases at the airport!), because that's what they requested.
I have packed my face paint and glitter and some dance dresses, just in case! :)
HERE WE GOOOOO!

Hugs and smooches,
Marina

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Marina
Marina SAYS:
Hello bestest and coolest pe…
Hello bestest and coolest people in the world!!!
This is a mass-thank-you note to all who have donated! Today we've reached THE GOAL, and I am now more than 100% funded!
Actually, I had some good news the other day (it definitely didn't top the great news of today's goal-hitting moment, but it was nevertheless pretty sweet!) about my airfare being possibly subsidized. This means less money spent on travel and logistics, and MORE of YOUR DONATIONS going directly to the refugee centers! Isn't it just crazy-great????!!!!!!!!
I literally cannot speak (which is why it's kind of great that i am writing this) for fear of bursting out crying - happy tears! I'm very very very grateful to know you all and so over the moon that we did this -- TOGETHER!!!!
Hugs and love,
Marina
PS. If your best friend, or grandma, or your sister's boyfriend's cousin's childhood neighbor would like to donate, the store is still open for business!! Remember, the more we get coming in, the more I can give directly to the refugee centers.
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Marina
Marina SAYS:
Dana, you rock, big time! Th…
Dana, you rock, big time! Thank you for your kindness and support and generosity of spirit. You are amazing, and I can't thank you enough for bringing this project to 99% funded!! Wooohoooo! I am so thankful!
Thank you thank you thank you!!
Marina
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