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The Naples family opens their hearts and homes using the Ukraine Take Shelter platform


Alethea Shapiro explored how she could help other Ukrainian families after fleeing to southwest Florida.

“I decided that you know this is such a horrible situation that I’ve never seen in my life, where to start and so I started with just one family,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro thought Ukraine Take Shelter was a great way for her to help out. Shapiro explained what the Ukrainian platform Take Shelter is: “The idea is basically summed up: having a house needs a house.”

She had extra space and signed up. “I kind of forgot about it,” Shapiro says. “A few weeks later the Makelendras contacted me, in fact they contacted me and another family contacted me.”

In Ukraine, George and Anastasia Makelandra, and their two children Elizabeth and Richard were on the run. They didn’t know where to go or what to do, but they knew they had to protect their children.

“That feeling as a parent could make a mistake and that mistake could cost the family their lives,” Anastasia says. have all this love.

Iryna Danyleyko is with the United Ukrainian Volunteers says, “I feel like this is my war and everything I do here, I protect my country as much as I can here, that’s basically it and if I help, I feel like I too am serving my country.

While the Makelendra miss their home country, for now, life is here in Southwest Florida.

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