Mina Tsaousis-Chamberlin, Media Aide at Grant School, was watching the evening news recently and became inspired to act when she saw the Ursynow Arena in Warsaw crowded with refugees. She considered going to the Arena to offer her help and spoke with Dumont’s Technology Assistant, Jerry Erszkowicz, who originates from Poland, and asked him if he had family/friends who could assist her. So, with good friend, Jim Genova, their adventure began thanks to Jerry's brother-in-law, Mariusz Maniek, a firefighter in the small town of Zyrardow, 45 minutes SW of Warsaw. His firehouse, in addition to taking in many refugees in designated back rooms, also had a huge storage room filled with donations that needed to be sorted and organized into boxes.
Mariusz also had a friend in town, Jacek Czubak, who is the curator of the wonderful Lniarstwa (Linen) Museum. Jacek asked Mina and Jim to help refugees who visited the museum to find suitable clothing and food from the storerooms in the back of his museum, which were filled with donations.
In Mina’s own words:
“Heartfelt thanks to Grant School and several friends and family members for helping Jim and me fill four huge suitcases with needed donations that we took with us. In the 10 days there, we witnessed the best humanity has to offer-- Mariusz and Jacek, and countless others who work tirelessly to help their neighbors find temporary housing, provide clothing and food, even taking refugees into their own homes.”
“Above all, the Ukrainians melted our hearts with their resilience and appreciation for EVERY effort made to help them. Their stories are so devastating and we were reminded daily that kindness is universal and has no specific language. A warm hug and smile says it all without the use of 'Google translate'. Jim and I are beyond humbled, blessed and thankful we could help, and we hope to go again this summer should they need our assistance.”
“Please consider donating to any organization that provides relief to Ukraine --ANY assistance is greatly appreciated.