SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KSTU) – Hundreds of tickets and works of art for school-age children in Utah were stored on a plane on Wednesday and will be handed out to children fleeing Ukraine.
Utah’s first lady, Abby Cox, called for children’s action to offer friendship and encouragement through letters and the arts.
Dirk Astle was ready to volunteer with a church group in Poland when he was asked to help.
“They need volunteers who can take vans from the borders to major cities, put people in hotels for a night or two, and then take them on trains to the main destination in western Europe,” Astle said.
But then they asked Astle for a favor from a friend who is the Ukrainian consul in Salt Lake City.
“The truth is that First Lady Abby Cox had this initiative when Utah school children were writing letters to refugee children in Ukraine and they had some way to deliver it,” Astle said.
Dirk agreed to make the delivery in person.
“And I’ve packed all my things in one suitcase and I’m checking two suitcases full of letters from Utah to Ukraine.”
Dirk and his son weighed these bags and learned that they would carry 100-pound tickets and support notes on this trip.
Astle knows people in Krakow who are helping to take refugees across the border and will join them next week driving a van to help strangers in another country.
She says she appreciates that she can take a week off from work to help.
“The biggest message from my friends now is that they’re just scared, so having a friend in Utah they’ve never met will help the kids, and of course it’s a great help.” said Astle.
This story was originally reported by Eliana Sheriff fox13now.com.
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