Cleveland & Bradley County show their ‘spirit’ in helping Ukraine
Sheriff's Office, MIX 104 & Living Stones Church collaborate to host relief drive for Ukraine
CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Russian invasion of Ukraine is now in its eighth day.
While many around the world have renounced the Russian aggression, the people of Cleveland and Bradley County have put sentiment to action.
Boxes of Amazon packages and supplies left the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon headed to Ukraine. These weren’t just the sheriff and deputies making donations. This was all of Cleveland and Bradley County coming together to help those who need it.
MIX 104 owner and morning drive host Steve Hartline, who is part of the drive for Ukraine, said, “If there is a need … if there is something that happens, these are the people. I tell them they’re the best people in the world. They get involved. They want to be involved. They are doers.”
“When we suffer with those who suffer … when we rejoice with those who rejoice, this is where we identify and we become one,” says Alena Maslov, a youth pastor at Cleveland’s Living Stones Church.
Alena and her husband Mike are both youth pastors. They also lived in Ukraine for years before coming over to the U.S. 25 years ago. They found Living Stones to be perfect for them as it is a Slavic church with both Russian and English services. The Maslovs and the people of Living Stones knew what they had to do for their homeland.
Mike Maslov: “When this happened, this situation that happened in Ukraine, because it’s so close to us and so close to our homeland, we see the hurting people there that are devastated, and losing their homes. Losing their family members. So, we wanted to come out and help any way that we can from the States’ side.”
“We want to be creating community, and whether that community is here in Cleveland and Bradley County … maybe responding to a tragedy, responding to something going on, or responding to a need at Christmas time, or any time of the year … OR if that’s with our friends and neighbors in the Ukraine,” said Hartline.
If you want to donate to the Cleveland cause, you can do it in one of two ways: You can go to MIX 104’s website and there is a page dedicated to the relief effort; or you can head to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page and click the link in the post.