A Scots woman urged her Polish family to drive five hours to the border to rescue and house two desperate Ukrainian families.
Kasia Sebastainowicz, who is originally from Poland, but has been living in Glasgow for 16 years, arranged for her aunt and cousin to take in the three women and eight children after they were forced to flee war-stricken Ukraine.
The terrified women escaped Ukraine with their children, leaving behind their husbands to fight to save their country after Russian soldiers launched a large-scale invasion on February 24.
Kasia, 33, was so desperate to help the thousands of frightened Ukrainians after seeing the devastating pictures and videos emerge online that she contacted a Polish based charity to ask what she could do.
The Wishaw office worker told the Daily Record: “What’s happening is absolutely horrifying.
“I want to do all I can to help. I still have family in Ukraine and in Poland and I knew I needed to do something.
“I asked the charity if they had details of families who were seeking shelter and they put me in touch with these people.
“My family in Poland were more than happy to help. They drove five hours to the Ukrainian border to pick the women and children up. They are so grateful to them.”
Kasia’s aunt Anni is providing a home and essentials to two women and their five children.
Her cousin Beapa is also putting up another lady and her three kids.
Kaisa’s loved ones have told the refugees they are welcome to stay for as long as they need to.
They are also arranging for the children to start school in the area and helping the women find work.
Kasia, alongside her friends Akshay Goenka and Ashley McCallum, has now set-up a fundraising drive to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled to Poland.
The group are appealing for locals to make cash donations as well as searching for clothing for children and women, first aid supplies, nappies, baby bottles, blankets, quilts, and towels.
A drop in point has been set-up at Hindu Mandir, La Belle Pl, Glasgow and a van has been arranged to transport the items to Poland on Friday, March 4.
Organizer Akshay, 33, said: “We started this on Friday and have been totally overwhelmed by the amount of people who have got in touch asking to help.
“This is why I love Glasgow. Everyone is always so kind. I’m just so proud and chuffed at how everyone is rallying together to support the Ukrainian people.
“What they are currently going through is heartbreaking. Innocent people are being killed.
“It’s unbelievable to think that in 2022 a war like this is taking place.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.