Kids goods

Valencia students organize campaign to send supplies to Ukrainians

With a Ukrainian mother and a Russian father, Katherine Poberezhskiy, an 11th grader at Valencia High School, said she not only felt obligated as a Ukrainian descendant to help her people after the Russian invasion was launched, but that she also had a moral responsibility as a human being. be to do something in a matter that has global effects.

When Russia attacked Ukraine, 16-year-old Katherine had the idea of ​​collecting important items for the children who would be affected. She and other students from Valencia High’s UNICEF program (otherwise known as the United Nations Children’s Fund) connected to Meest-America, which provides a humanitarian aid delivery service from the United States. to Eastern Europe, to see what they could collect and how they could get it. to the children there. The school’s UNICEF program is now requesting items like baby formula, hygiene products and first aid, which Meest will then send to Ukraine.

“Having relatives who live there definitely made me want to help out,” Katherine said Thursday in an interview with The Signal. “But just by seeing these images, I absolutely had to help.”

This week, Katherine and the other UNICEF members at the school sent out flyers and went to the school’s television airways, calling on students and staff to donate items like bandages, gauze, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, saline eye drops, gloves and sanitary products to make a difference. Those at the high school can drop off goods by Wednesday in room 507. But others can also help, Katherine said, by bringing the items to reception or contacting the school’s UNICEF program on Instagram using the @handle. valenciaunicef ​​to arrange some other type of delivery.

Katherine’s mother, Alina Poberezhskiy, told The Signal that what her daughter and the other UNICEF members at school are doing is not only good for her people in Ukraine, but also good building skills. of character that will help these teenagers become kind, compassionate, and worldly. people.

“I think it’s great for kids,” Poberezhskiy said. “Being involved. It teaches them about current events, world events, empathy and helping people in need.

Katherine agrees and adds that it was this kind of work that led her to join UNICEF.

“Our primary mission is to help children in need and to give back to the community,” Katherine said. “So we would love to be able to do that here.”