House of Ukraine together with Roots of Peace, a humanitarian non-profit organization, dedicated to eradicating landmines and cultivating sustainable peace through agriculture, are holding a Holiday Stocking campaign to support people in Ukraine affected by the war. The idea of this Holiday Stocking campaign is to bring warmth to Ukraine and raise global awareness for a country which is now 30% contaminated by landmines/UXO since the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022. These traditional holiday stockings represent the footsteps of children lost to the grave impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in Ukraine and worldwide.
The campaign is inspired by the stories of Natalia and Yana Stepanenko, a mother and daughter who were injured by a targeted missile attack at a train station in their native Ukraine on April 8, 2022. Natalia lost her leg in the explosion, while Yana, who was 11 years old at the time, lost both of her legs.
On December 14, Roots of Peace CEO Heidi Kuhn visited Natalia and Yana in their adopted home of San Diego, presenting Yana with a stocking as she prepares to celebrate her first Christmas in California. Kuhn also presented a stocking to Ivan Chaban, a 16-year-old Ukrainian amputee, who is undergoing rehabilitation for injuries sustained during a Russian tank offensive.
Starting on Saturday the 17th and going through January 6th, House of Ukraine is inviting you to contribute to a little Christmas Miracle for Ukraine by donating these stockings stuffers:
- hand warmers,
- thermal socks,
- thermal underwear,
- power banks,
- and emergency blankets.
San Diego main drop off location will be the House of Ukraine in Balboa Park, from the 17th through January 6th (closed on Dec 25th and Jan 1st):
Sat & Sunday: 12 to 4 pm
Monday – Friday 1-4 pm,
Wednesday: 6 to 8 pm
Saturday the 31st: 12-5 pm HOU, and 5-10 pm pm Hall of Nations
Let’s create a Christmas Miracle together!
If you cannot drop of stockings with supplies, feel free to pick items from our Amazon Wish list (Maksym Bodnar is our director) or monetary donations are welcome at https://houseofukraine.org/donate/