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Goodacity – Dare to be Good

Olha Sahal
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Olha Sahal
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Technical Writer at United Thinkers

I am the author of the Goodacity blog, a journalist, and a translator. For 16 years, I have worked in professional journalism, contributing to regional and national publications, both in print and online media. I have written reports, conducted interviews, reviews, articles on cultural, social, and charitable topics, as well as materials in the style of "solution journalism" and communication materials.
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Yulia Didyk
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Yulia Didyk
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Culture Manager at United Thinkers

I am a manager of cultural affairs and a project manager with over 14 years of experience at United Thinkers. I have participated in the organization of numerous successful social and charitable projects and have implemented informational campaigns and communication cases.
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"I'll knit as long as I can!"

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Grandma Dariya is 92 years old and she wants to keep as many Ukrainian soldiers warm as her strength allows. For the past three years, she has been knitting rugs to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine!

“I’m happy to be alive and able to help,” Grandma says with a smile.

She has already knitted over a hundred belts for Ukrainian soldiers! Even her advanced age is no obstacle when the heart and soul are eager to help!

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Grandson and Two Great-Grandsons on the Frontline

“I’m still in good shape,” laughs Dariya Fedorivna. “I can even thread a needle without glasses! I knit, I try, I think about how to make it warmer and nicer for the boys…

In the morning, I get up, pray for all the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all the Ukrainian soldiers… I ask, ‘God, help me in my work,’ and then I start knitting. I’ve already knitted 113, and I keep going. Then I send them to our boys on the front through volunteers. They can sit in the trench on them or lie down, I knit, then insert a wide elastic band so they can attach it to their belt — it’s warm and convenient.”

“She knits so evenly that the boys thought it was machine-made, from a factory,” adds Mrs. Valentyna, Grandma’s daughter. “When they found out that Grandma knits the rugs-belts for them, they were very grateful! They said they were comfortable, soft, with no knots — made from the heart and with love.”

“Five daughters and a son, 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-granddaughters: that’s my wealth!” Grandma smiles. Currently, her grandson, two great-grandsons, and her granddaughter’s husband are on the frontline. “I pray and worry for everyone!” says Dariya Fedorivna.

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“For my relatives and for all our people… Here, there are no strangers — they’re all our Ukrainian children. May God protect everyone and bring them home with victory soon! And I will keep knitting for them as long as I can… May my rugs be their talisman. If I could, I would knit armor to protect them from everything, from enemy bullets!”

From narrow strips of fabric, which she cuts and knits with her warm hands, Grandma Dariya crochets rugs. Every belt woven by her hands carries a piece of her soul, love, and warmth, which are so needed by Ukrainian soldiers. They warm not only the body but also the heart, reminding that even small deeds can have great significance, and even in the darkest times, there is room for kindness and warmth.

“I’ve been knitting for a long time,” Dariya Fedorivna shares. “The family is big, so when someone outgrows clothes, I cut them into strips and knit such circles. At home, to cover stools or something, and I also gave them away to everyone… With the war, I knit for our soldiers because I want to be useful; I can’t sit idle! I knit with a hook, then sew with a needle. Volunteers give us fabric — God bless them with health!”

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Every Stitch to Help the Armed Forces of Ukraine!

“Life has never been easy. As a child, I lived through war, and I never thought war would come again in my old age… I worked on a pig farm and later as a stoker – not an easy job. During cold winters, I would go out even in the middle of the night to keep the heat going, all by myself…”

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“Years have flowed by like water… My husband Mykola passed away 40 years ago – I raised the children on my own, looked after the grandchildren, and even the great-grandchildren. It was hard. But I’m happy to still be alive, that my children are healthy and that I’m rich with a big family. That’s my greatest treasure!”

Dariya Fedorivna lives in the village of Vysoke, in the Nizhyn region of Ukraine. She is well-known and respected in her community. Her life is not just the story of one person but a part of the larger history of our country. Every day is filled with work, good deeds, and love for others, and she passes all this on to the next generations.

Dariya Fedorivna’s yard can be seen from far away – flowers bloom like paradise birds, delighting the eyes…

“I love flowers very much,” she admits, her eyes shining with joy.

Every flowerbed is a little work of art, created with love and care. Her flowers, like her crafts, bring joy and warmth to everyone who sees them. Grandma Dariya says flowers are her source of inspiration; they help her stay strong and keep her faith in better times.

From early spring to late autumn, her yard is filled with flowers: primroses, tulips, and her favorite peonies…

“I still tend to the garden myself: with two sticks, on a little stool, but always working! My daughter asks, ‘Mom, rest, we’ll do everything,’ but I say, ‘No, I want to do it myself! I love working with the soil, I want to touch the earth,'” smiles Dariya Fedorivna. “I waited so eagerly for spring and summer – I love feeling the soil… I still want to work, I want to be useful.”

“I get up very early – at dawn, before five o’clock. I go out to admire the flowers, pray to God, and then immediately start knitting. I used to knit two rugs a day, sometimes knitting until nightfall! This spring, I was a bit unwell and didn’t knit, and my soul felt so sad… But when I took up the hook again, I felt alive! As long as I can, I will keep knitting!”

We asked Dariya Fedorivna about the secret of her boundless energy and cheerfulness. She smiles and replies that the secret is simple: love for people and a desire to do good. She believes that these simple truths help her stay active and joyful. She knows her work is needed, and that gives her strength.

Grandma returns to her knitting – she continues to weave threads of faith and hope, putting her soul into every stitch. “May the Mother of God protect them” is the prayer that accompanies every knot she ties. And these knots are like bridges connecting her heart with the hearts of the Ukrainian soldiers…

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This love, woven into every belt and rug that comes from her golden hands, continues to warm the hearts of Ukrainian defenders, reminding them that they are always awaited at home.