Roosevelt Island Navigators Host First Bake Sale Fundraiser To Support People Of Ukraine At Farmers Market Last Saturday And Welcome Parents Of RI Resident Just Arrived From War In Ukraine

NY State Governor Kathy Hochul:

… today announced the launch of a
new website containing resources offered by New York State and its partners to help
Ukrainian people and their friends and allies here in New York. This follows
the Governor’s
warning consumers about scams and cybersecurity threats amid Russia’s invasion
of Ukraine. In an additional show of support, the Governor also announced the
Ukrainian flag will be flown
on the Capitol building, the Executive Mansion, and the Division of Homeland
Security and Emergency Services headquarters….

The Roosevelt Island community came out last Saturday to show their support
for Ukraine too. According to
Roosevelt Island Navigators
Troop Leader Rachel Dowling:

On Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market the Roosevelt Island Navigators
Troop 223 came together with the RI community to host a bake sale for the
people of Ukraine.  

After a false start the Saturday prior due to the snowstorm, locals were
undeterred in our determination to do something to show our support to the
victims of Russia’s brutal war on their country.  Fresh baked goods
were put into freezers last week when the weather turned foul, to hold them
till this past Saturday, and many fresh cupcakes, cookies cakes and brownies
were baked as well.  

For this first fundraiser I wanted to support a friend’s Ukranian family who
had all traveled to Lviv from different parts of Ukraine to escape the
violence.  They have set up a fund to help them help the people of
Ukraine. The situation has been dynamic and the needs have evolved, as is
the nature of war. Most recently they were able to use the funds to have a
large truckload of humanitarian aid shipped from Italy.  They have also
been setting up a field hospital, as I understand.

The island’s generous spirit shone through on Saturday, and we raised
$463.00 dollars for Cori and Kostya Bilyayev’s
“Miles of Smiles” fund.  

 This fund is ongoing. Cori’s husband will now be registering with the
military.  We pray for all of their continued safety and for the peace
and welfare of all the people of Ukraine.

The interest from the community was so strong we plan to hold another
fundraiser, this time perhaps raising money to support the Ukrainian
military.  We made some great connections with some Ukrainian residents
of Roosevelt Island. One young woman, Katya, and her dog Loki, introduced me
to her parents, 

who had literally just arrived from their war torn country the night
before.  They were so grateful, and it was heartbreaking to witness their
shock and pain from horror that is all too real for them.

Let us welcome our Ukranian refugees, and continue to help Ukraine.

Please contact Rachel Dowling at
[email protected]
to find out how to get involved with the next fundraiser April 2nd. 


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