Ukraine Ontario: Wasaga Beach woman helps overseas

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A woman from Wasaga Beach is in Europe helping thousands of people who have fled war and those who desperately want to stay.

“It’s their homeland. They want to go back home,” says Kathy Mueller.

Mueller is a Red Cross aid worker, meeting people who have taken in strangers, providing them with food and shelter, and giving them hope for a better future.

The Red Cross is distributing supplies to the elderly while comforting young families and crying children in shelters who don’t understand why they can’t go home.

“They basically need everything. I saw a little girl – she was probably two or three years old carrying her own diaper bag across the border. We hear kids, we talk to them, and they just want to come in and play in their grandmother’s garden with their friends,” Mueller said.

As the Russian offensive continues, millions have fled to neighboring countries like Poland, Moldova and Hungary, where Mueller and his team have provided shelter for the displaced and in limbo with nowhere to go. .

“Even if the conflict were to end tomorrow, it will still take years to rebuild and help people get back on their feet,” Mueller said.

She plans to return home next month and encourages others to donate to the Canadian Red Cross to support their efforts in Ukraine and Europe.

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