Jenkintown Community, Powered by an Order of Nuns, Pulls Donations Together for Ukraine

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Image via Alejandro A. Alvarez, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Sister Teodora Kopyn and Sister Dia Zagurska, of the Sisters of St. Basil in Jenkintown.

People knew to help the Sisters of St. Basil in Jenkintown, even though there was no official call to action, reports Jeff Gammage for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Donations began showing up without being asked for at the church, but the residents of Jenkintown, Montgomery County, knew the sisters were going to help the people of Ukraine any way they could, with snacks, wheelchairs, diapers, toothbrushes, bottles of water, games, socks, fruit rolls, and so much more.

“At times the situation in Ukraine can feel beyond hope,” said Sister Joann Sosler, the provincial superior.

A tractor trailer left before the weekend, stacked full of donations, headed to New York City to be transported to Eastern Europe, with additional donated items ready to go.

“People have really opened their hearts,” said Sister Teodora Kopyn, who was born and raised in western Ukraine, and whose sisters, brother, nieces, and nephews remain in the country. “Our people, they try to do the best for their lives, for their nation, for their family. Now everyone has to leave their home.”

Read more about the Ukraine conflict and the tireless efforts of this Montgomery County community and the Sisters of St. Basil in Jenkintown at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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