Greenfield church accepting donations for Ukrainian refugees in Moldova

NOW: Greenfield church accepting donations for Ukrainian refugees in Moldova

GREENFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Efforts to help refugees during the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine continues across the state. In Greenfield, a church is gathering donations to send to a church in Europe serving refugees right now.

Members of The Ridge Community Church, located on 4500 S. 108th St., say it is crucial we all do our part to help Ukraine during these hard times they are facing. They are asking the public to help with donations that will go to a church in Moldova that is helping refugees coming from Ukraine.

Members of the church in Greenfield said they couldn't just sit and watch this tragedy unfold without doing something to help.

"They're literally coming with a backpack, so the supplies are going to go to help them, feed them, give them basic necessities," said Kelly Eger, director of compassion at the church.

Donations of nonperishable food items, medical, baby, and hygiene products are being accepted at the church right now. The goal is to fill a semi-truck with these items and then send them to New Hope Eurasia Church in Moldova.

Members of the church have been in touch with the pastor, who said they need all the help they can get.

"One of the stories that he shared with me is just seeing the number of moms with kids and no husbands because the husbands have to stay back. They actually had a tent specifically for moms and babies so that they had a safe space to sleep," said Eger.

Eger also mentioned that a lot of the humanitarian aid is going to other countries instead, like Poland, which is why Moldova is hurting for supplies.

Sandra Kunesh was the first to bring in donations to the church on Wednesday. Her car was filled with a variety of items that will be a big help.

"I grew up during the war time and I'll never forget. There was a woman who said, if we don't help each other now, or if you don't help somebody now, who will help you later on when you need it? So that's why I do what I do," said Kunesh.

Starting now through March 20, the church is accepting donations that can be dropped off at the church, or you can also donate online.

"We know that our community has a heart for people. And if there is an opportunity to serve even the people in Ukraine, I think that that's what we're called to do," said Eger.

"Just give what you can. It doesn't have to be much, just something," said Kunesh.

The hours of times you can drop off donations to the church can be found here.

They also have an Amazon list of items needed.

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