Svitlana Kibysh and her husband are Asheville Habitat homeowners, living here in Western North Carolina with their children. She recently shared her sentiments about the war and the experience of her family in Ukraine.

“It is very painful for me to watch how Russian soldiers mock and kill the Ukrainian people. Destroy cities and villages. They kill children, women and the elderly. Many young men died who did not have time to leave the combat zone. They destroyed the houses of civilians. I have an older sister, Olya (pictured here with her family), she is 39 years old. She is a calm and very kind woman and has two sons. She lived with her husband Kostya and with her children in the city of Severodonetsk. Lugansk region. This is eastern Ukraine. Now this city is under the control of the Russian military. Their house where they lived was destroyed. Olya and Kostya and the children managed to run away from home, but were left without all the things. Now they have no housing, no money, no work. Their lives are destroyed. Recently I talked with Olya and she told me: ‘I just don’t know how to continue to live.’ Ukraine people are in great need of support, both financial and moral. Thank you for sharing our grief with us.”

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YOU can help!

ReStore customers rounded up at the registers in April to support refugees fleeing violence in Ukraine. Donations will go to Habitat for Humanity International, who is on the ground in neighboring countries providing emergency travel kits, transportation and hotel vouchers, and helping displaced families with short and mid-term housing solutions.

The total raised was $2,205.

Asheville Habitat matched that amount, bringing the total to $4,410.

Now, we’re asking YOU to help us triple the impact.
Please consider making a donation by midnight on May 11. Thank you!