The Ridgefield community, along with the nonprofit Ridgefield Responses, celebrated Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday by walking from Ballard Park to City Hall on Saturday.
Ukraine Independence Day also marked the six months since the war began and the 31st anniversary of Ukraine becoming a country. It was also the same day Ukrainian officials said a Russian attack on a railway station near the city of Dnipro had killed dozens of civilians and injured many more.
With the ongoing conflict and attacks on civilians, Ukrainian-American residents and Ridgefield Responses are doing their part to support the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the ground.
Annetta Hewko, Chair of Ridgefield Responds, said:
So far, the nonprofit has donated $25,000 worth of aid through the Rotary Club of Lviv, Ukraine, and hopes to continue its efforts.
“We helped purchase five generators for frontline military installations,” says Hewko.
As the walk ended at City Hall, Ukrainian flags were raised by residents, Ukrainians displaced in the area, and First Choice Officer Rudy Marconi.