Humanness is our most powerful weapon against the horrors of war! Our ability to help and support each other is an incredible power within us, a unique weapon that the enemy cannot destroy. Nowadays, every Ukrainian is a link in an extraordinary live “chain of goodness,” in which everyone helps each other. Everyone can perform good deeds in their proper place. Everyone is a warrior but on their own front. And this gives us hope and confidence that we can overcome everything and win!
Step 1. Ruined dreams
War destroys people’s lives, cities, houses, plans, and dreams. Every Ukrainian has suffered from the Russian invasion in one way or another. The village of Novyi Bykiv in the Chernihiv region was one of the first to experience the horrors of the occupation, as Russian troops invaded on February 27.
Locals still talk about that hellish month with tears in their eyes because of how much the memory hurts. A church riddled with gashes from the shelling, trenches right through the middle of a children’s playground, and deep craters from bombs in people’s yards. Ruins and fires stood in place of the homes where people lived, planned, dreamed, gave birth to children, and nurtured every nook: so many destroyed dwellings – lives – dreams.
The Russian invaders demolished nearly the entire infrastructure of the village, destroyed about a hundred residential buildings, and stole whatever they could take with them.
After all, a city or a village is not just houses, huts, and farmyards. The people make up the soul of every settlement, and the people remain.
There may be no houses, but people are there. Homes are broken, but people are unbreakable! They cover their broken windows with polymer film, clear away the debris, and settle in their former homes’ surviving nooks and crannies. “We live today, but think about tomorrow,” the residents of Novyi Bykiv say.
The Goodacity volunteers recently purchased and distributed more than a dozen large warm blankets among locals, also thinking about tomorrow, as those who had been deprived of their homes by the war were forced to spend the nights in entirely unsuitable conditions.
Step 2. Warming people up with goodness
We visited the yard of a lonely elderly man who has made a temporary home in a shed. Almost everything he had earned over the years was buried under the ruins of the house. A few dozen remaining bricks are neatly stacked in the yard. The conditions of his temporary accommodation are more than modest, almost Spartan, so a warm blanket will be especially beneficial.
Time to sum it up
“In times of great trials, we are united by the understanding that there is no help too small,” Goodacity volunteers say.
“Even a seemingly simple and ordinary thing like a warm blanket can give a feeling of coziness and care and provides hope for a new day that will be filled with the warmth of human kindness”.
You can afford yourself the luxury of goodness!
Doing good is very simple!
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