Local church raising donations for Ukrainian refugees

Ukrainian Gospel Church accepting clothing, baby items, financial donations

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — As soon as the invasion began, so did the Ukrainian Gospel Church’s mission to collect donations for refugees.

Everything from clothing, blankets, baby supplies and more will be delivered overseas to provide much-needed relief.

Vitaly Skotsen, the church’s missions coordinator, said those who fled are in dire need of help.

“You have just thousands of people flooding into these cities in the west who have nothing,” Skotsen said. “They had homes, they had livelihoods, they had jobs, they had a life for themselves and in a snap, it was gone.”

Navy veteran John Huffman’s local Facebook group “Dade for Free” was quick to respond, anxious to aid those in need of hope.

“When you think about the fact that your family could all of a sudden, right now, not have a house, not have food, not have anything else but the clothes on your back and you need to leave your house and get away as fast as you can, what are you going to do?” Huffman said.

Additionally, Skotsen said that monetary donations have already made an impact.

Thanks to the community, the church has already been able to provide more than $5,000 worth of food to refugees.

“I’m amazed at our locals,” Skotsen said. “I’m amazed at everyone around our city. I feel like we have a city that really cares, a city that’s truly worried, and a city that’s actually praying for Ukraine. Not just saying it, but actually, truly praying.”

The church will be accepting physical donations through Friday, March 18, and [financial] donations can be made to the church’s GoFundMe, which can be found on their Facebook page.

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