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Many Ukrainians will be left without heat this winter due to fuel shortages. (Credit: Mathias Reding, Pexels).

As we give thanks this holiday season, we might come to realize that things we take for granted — food, shelter, medicine, fuel — are invaluable assets for Ukrainians as  Russia’s brutal war persists. 

With Ukraine still struggling to restore power after Russian missile strikes, and with a harsh winter ahead, here are 7 verified charities that are working tirelessly to provide aid to Ukraine. Each donation they receive, whether big or small, goes toward their efforts to provide support to victims of war. 

After all, the holiday season is a time for giving — especially to those who need it most.

1

Solight

For $25, Solight allows you to donate a solar-powered light to the Lviv Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital “Okhmatdyt,” which has frequent power outages as a direct result of the Russian bombings of power plants. Many of the 250 refugee children in the hospital suffer from PTSD from air raids and bombings, and have emotional outbursts during blackouts from fear of the dark. Founder and inventor of Solight, Alice Chun, plans to personally deliver color SolarPuff lights to the Lviv hospital over the New Year’s holiday. 

 

2

Voices of Children

The Ukraine-based aid organization Voices of Children helps to evacuate families with children and provide them with housing, food and clothing. On top of that, it works with over 50 psychologists to offer support to children who have been traumatized by the war. Those efforts include art therapy, video storytelling and sessions with mobile psychologists.

3

Lifting Hands International

With Ukrainians in urgent need of warm supplies as fuel shortages cut off heat from homes, Lifting Hands International has seven operating centers in Ukraine where it distributes thermal underwear, boots, sleeping bags, battery-powered incubators and power generators. Its website allows donors to choose which items — all specifically requested by Ukrainians — they would like to contribute. 

 

4

A Chance in Life

A Chance In Life began in 1945, in the aftermath of World War II, as a way to support refugees and migrant youth. As more than 900,000 Ukrainian refugees—the vast majority of whom are women and children—are expected to flee to Italy, the organization has established programs in Rome and Civitavecchia, as well as complementary sites in Naples, that provide transportation, housing, food, clothing, education, medical care, mental health counseling and more. Donations can be made to its Relief 4 Ukraine fund.

5

Global Empowerment Mission

The Miami-based organization Global Empowerment Mission is on the ground in the tiny village of Medyka, Poland, to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees, such as train and plane tickets to help them reach family or friends in Europe.

“They have an opportunity to stay with a friend of theirs in a bordering country where they’re warm and they can eat nice meals at the table,” GEM founder Michael Capponi told Today.com.

 

6

World Central Kitchen

For refugees, food is an immediate need. Chef Jose Andrés has set up his World Central Kitchen on the ground at the border of Ukraine and Poland, providing warm meals for the hungry. WCK has built the largest food relief operation in Ukraine, reaching more than 230 cities and towns. Combined with the seven other countries it still cooks in daily, WCK has now served 25 million meals. Its website offers options for people who want to donate

 

7

United24

United24 was founded in May 2022 by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy to raise funds and support for Ukraine amidst the Russian-Ukrainian war. The digital global initiative easily allows people from all over the world to donate funds, which are then distributed among the Ukrainian departments that need them most: defense, medical aid and humanitarian programs. Since its inception, United24 has purchased over 48,000 sets of body armor, 65,000 army uniforms, 10 X-ray machines and 30 drones to assist with military activity. 

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