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To Ukraine With Love from one Tuscaloosa family

Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 6:33 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2022 at 11:24 AM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - A west Alabama family wants the people of Ukraine to feel the love.

In recent weeks, most of the Rumanek children worked on special projects and sold them to raise money for the hurting and suffering in that country.

The children didn’t just make dozens of cookies and bookmarks - they learned something about the world in the process, and closer to home, they discovered something about themselves.

Love in action at this home in north Tuscaloosa. Dozens of chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies made and sold, along with bookmarks and coloring books.

“There’s always something that can be done,” said Ashley Rumanek.

The children made $1,800 in sales and every single dime will be given to their church this weekend, which will send it to help someone in war-torn Ukraine.

It was the brainchild of supermom Ashley Rumanek.

10-year-old Kate Rumanek spent her time making more than 100 bookmarks. Kate found it by far the most meaningful project she’s ever worked on.

“It doesn’t take me a super long time to make a bunch of bookmarks,” she said.

In the process of baking, coloring and bookmarking, Kate Rumanek says there’s no doubt the experience opened her eyes, and that is sometimes the world isn’t so kind, but that’s no excuse, she’s learned, not to make a difference regardless of distance or time zone.

“It makes me sad, but you can help in some way,” she said.

The family recognizes the money won’t solve the war in Ukraine, but here, it’s not so much the money that matters - it’s extending their little corner of the world of compassion and empathy more than 5,000 miles away to the very people hungry for peace.

The family says they spent about three weeks on the projects and ended up making dozens of cookies.

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