Church Fellowship Raises Funds for Ukrainian Armed Forces in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

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JENKINTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) – Hundreds of community members turned out to St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Jenkintown, Montgomery County, on Saturday to raise funds for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“It’s awesome,” said Yana Hayda of Fishtown. “It shows how powerful we are as a community and that we can beat whatever happens.”

Organizers said they were forced to make and sell food to raise money for those fighting for their freedom abroad in Ukraine.

“We are buying medical supplies, helmets, bulletproof vests and much more humanitarian aid,” said Danylo Pidkova, treasurer of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church. “We have already sent about 500 first aid kits to help their armed forces.”

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Natalya Hummer, owner of Crumbl Cookies in Jenkintown, is both Russian and Ukrainian and says the war is deeply painful.

She immigrated to the United States after the collapse of the USSR and has family and friends in both countries.

“I wake up, watch the news, go to bed and watch the news,” Hummer said. “I have this sick feeling in my stomach when I try to open the news, I’m just afraid that the war will happen. So this has been the reality for two weeks for me and what I really want , it is a resolution, for the war to end.”

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