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Buckets Shipping

Buckets Cheer

Our collective hearts grieve when we see pictures on the news of people of Ukraine, but for one local family, the reports and sights of war are more than just a flash from a news reel; it’s personal because Mike Yenatsky’s extended family is in the thrust of that war. Yenatsky along with his wife and their children live in Vidalia, and they along with volunteers from churches, schools, and the community came together Tuesday morning to prepare buckets with essential items that many refugees in Ukraine had to flee without taking with them.

“With the exception of my mother and sister, most of my family still lives in Ukraine,” Yenatsky said. “Not only that, but they are also in the eastern part where the war is primarily going on.”

He credits his wife with initiating the idea of preparing the buckets and he soon was onboard, as well.

“Originally we were just going to fill some buckets ourselves,” he said, “but then friends got involved as did friends of friends. We also spoke to churches, the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and other organizations who also were interested.”

Yenatsky says he is touched by the support and compassion the local community is showing for his native country.

“I’m just so grateful to everyone who helped in preparing the buckets or donating items and to those who prayed for us,” he said.

Around 400 buckets were filled Tuesday morning which will be picked up by Healing Hands International headquartered in Nashville, TN, who will see that what love and humanitarian efforts did in Vidalia will reach those in need in Ukraine.

“We are shipping them on pallets, and they will be picked up and taken to Tennessee where they will be sent to Poland where most of the refugees fled as well as to Ukraine where there are still people in need.”

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