Miami Beach Stands with Ukraine
The City of Miami Beach is collecting donations for the people of the Ukraine who have been under siege and forced to flee their homes in what has been described as the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
Those who wish to help, can visit www.goodnation.io/odessa-peace-fund to make a donation to the Odessa Peace Fund, which is sending resources directly to the Ukraine.
One hundred percent of financial donations will be used to pay for meals, clothes, medicine and other essentials for Ukrainian seniors, orphans, people with disabilities and their pets. The goods will be distributed first in the Ukrainian city of Odessa and then to other parts of the war-torn nation.
The humanitarian crisis began on Feb. 24 when Russian troops poured across the border of the country’s largely agricultural neighbor at Putin’s direction. Russia has indiscriminately pounded civilians and other soft targets with bombs and munitions for more than a month.
Mayor Gelber and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez held a video call with Odessa Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov on Wednesday, April 6 to discuss becoming sister cities with Odessa. The Miami Beach City Commission voted to formalize the relationship later that same day. The Miami Beach City Commission also unanimously approved a measure allowing qualifying city employees to donate some of their vacation time and sick leave for humanitarian disaster relief.