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Winter in Ukraine

Brian Reinken

Brian Reinken

Dear Friends,

It’s the time of year when we all reflect on what we’re grateful for. As this year draws to a close and we enter a season that celebrates family and friendship, we have an opportunity to think about those less fortunate than us and what we can do to help.

As you may know, I adopted an 11-year-old boy from an orphanage in Ukraine in 2008. He is now a graduate of Auburn University. For me, this will always be the best decision and the most rewarding experience in my life. This is why I got involved in SOS Children’s Villages.

We are in the middle of a deep humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and SOS Children’s Villages is on the ground providing safe housing, food, hygiene supplies, medical care, psychosocial support, and so much more for displaced families and children.

We are entering the cold, harsh months of winter and thousands of Ukrainians are left without homes, electricity and heat. Tremendous damage to energy infrastructure in Ukraine has resulted in power shortages across the country—in fact, 43% of internally displaced persons in Ukraine indicated a critical need for heating appliances this winter. Vulnerable families and children need our help more than ever.

In addition to the ongoing relief efforts, SOS Children’s Villages is now distributing firewood, blankets, kettles, heaters, hair dryers, convectors, strollers, outerwear, footwear and additional supplies to displaced Ukrainian families. The need is tremendous. Please join me in transforming lives by making a donation to provide children and families in Ukraine with a safe, warm home this winter. Together, we can ensure that each child has the resources they need to endure the cold winter months.

Thank you and happy holidays,



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