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Oklahoma family hope to adopt Ukrainian boy amid Russian invasion

An Oklahoma family hopes to adopt a boy from Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. “I saw this little boy who said he had no known family and visitors to the orphanage and was valuable,” said Cheryl Gumerson. The Gumerson family was in the process of being adopted when Russia invaded and everything stopped. “The moment he got off the plane, he went straight into my arms and hugged me and wouldn’t let me go,” Gumerson said. Gumerson and her family took part in a hospitality program over the Christmas holidays and welcomed 12-year-old Artor into their home. “Our whole family, we all fell in love with him,” Gumerson said. It seems that Artor also fell in love with the state of Oklahoma. The Gumersons turned him into a true Thunder fan and even took him to the Fiesta Bowl, where he learned the very important “Pistols fireing” gesture. Gumerson said Artor did not speak English at all, so they used Google Translate. there were times when it did not matter. “Love does not speak language,” Gumerson said. Brother KOCO station asked Gumerson when the family realized it might be more than just a hospitality trip. “The day he left my youngest son and we took him to the airport. And we walk from where we left him to safety, we walk to the car and my youngest looks at me and says, “When can we adopt him?” “We were just screaming when he left us,” Gumerson said. Arthur returned to the orphanage in Ukraine and the Gummersons began the adoption process. Russia then invaded Ukraine. KOCO asked Gumerson what it was like to see everything unfold, knowing a part of their heart is there. “It was difficult, it was very difficult. And finally I managed to talk to him this morning. “They are just in warehouses trying to get them out,” Gumerson said. He said the immediate goal was to get the children out of war-torn Ukraine and Poland. “Children should not see this and hear explosions around them. “My heart breaks with the fear he has to experience,” Gumerson said. As the family struggles to bring Artor home, Gumerson remains attached to a memory that occurred after their family gave Artor an Amazon gift card for Christmas. “He searched and searched. I mean for about a week, trying to pick just the perfect thing. Picked this baby Yoda, and I mean, he was standing at the door all day the day he had to come and about three days later it was my birthday. I opened the gift bag from him and he had the Yoda baby he wanted me to have inside. So he had done all this shopping and work, this kid who has nothing, chose me a gift for my birthday. “His heart is just huge,” Gumerson said. Gumerson is working with the hosting service and Oklahoma lawmakers to try to keep Arthur safe.

An Oklahoma family hopes to adopt a boy from Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

“I saw this little boy who said he had no known family and visitors to the orphanage and was valuable,” said Cheryl Gumerson.

The Gumerson family was in the process of being adopted when Russia invaded and everything stopped.

“The moment he got off the plane, he went straight into my arms and hugged me and wouldn’t let me go,” Gumerson said.

Gumerson and her family took part in a hospitality program over the Christmas holidays and welcomed 12-year-old Artor into their home.

“Our whole family, we all fell in love with him,” Gumerson said.

It seems that Arthur fell in love with them and the state of Oklahoma. The Gumersons turned him into a true Thunder fan and even took him to the Fiesta Bowl, where he learned the very important gesture of “Pistols fireing”.

Gumerson said Artor did not speak English at all, so they used Google Translate.

“But there were times when it did not matter. “Love does not speak language,” Gumerson said.

Brother KOCO station asked Gumerson when the family realized it might be more than just a hospitality trip.

“The day he left my youngest son and I took him to the airport. And we walk from where we left him to safety, we walk to the car and my youngest looks at me and says, “When can we adopt him?” “We were just screaming when he left us,” Gumerson said.

Arthur returned to the orphanage in Ukraine and Gumerson began the adoption process.

Russia then invaded Ukraine.

KOCO asked Gumerson what it was like to see everything unfold, knowing that a piece of their heart was there.

“It was difficult, it was very difficult. And finally I managed to talk to him this morning. “They are just in warehouses trying to get them out,” Gumerson said.

He said the immediate goal was to get the children out of war-torn Ukraine and into Poland.

“Children should not see this and they hear explosions all around them. “My heart breaks with the fear he has to experience,” Gumerson said.

As the family struggles to bring Arthur home, Gamerson is stuck with a memory that happened after their family gave Arthur an Amazon gift card for Christmas.

“He searched and searched. I mean for about a week, trying to pick the perfect thing. Picked this baby Yoda, and I mean, he was standing at the door all day the day he had to come and about three days later it was my birthday. I opened the gift bag from him and he had the Yoda baby he wanted me to have inside. So he had done all this shopping and work, this kid who has nothing, chose me a gift for my birthday. “His heart is just huge,” Gumerson said.

Gumerson is working with the hosting agency and Oklahoma lawmakers to try to bring Arthur to safety.

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