Baltimore County couple go abroad to help Ukrainian refugees – CBS Baltimore


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore County couple flew to Poland on a mission trip to help Ukrainian refugees.

Through the Jewish Federations of North America, Mark and Robin Neumann and about two dozen other volunteers distributed supplies and heard harrowing stories of escape at one of the border points.

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“They were, understandably, emotional wrecks for the most part,” Mark said.

The mission of the trip was to show solidarity with those who fled their homes and distribute immediate aid. This was done, among other things, in the form of clothing, food, water and hygiene products.

One of the many families the Neumanns encountered was a single mother, her 15-year-old daughter, and their dog.

“Their dog felt the bombardment before he heard it,” Robin said. “So they took their dog and took their suitcase and they ran down the street and were looking for shelter.”

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Tatiana, the mother, and her teenage daughter, Sophia, reported that many shelters had not been used for a very long time. Many were found locked up.

“They ended up breaking a lock and getting into a shelter,” Robin said. “There were 120 people in a very narrow hallway shelter with a few bedrooms but no electricity or working bathrooms, and they stayed there for three days.”

Eventually, the family and others made it to one of nine border entry points into Poland, the Neumanns said.

Humanitarian volunteers from different organizations met the refugees. The volunteers all had the same mission: to help and to give hope.

“It’s the other side that you don’t really see in the pictures of the shelling and people crossing the border,” Mark said. “That’s the other side we saw, which was the incredible humanity of people joining some sort of global community to try to help.”

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The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore is in talks about what might be the next step to continue helping those in desperate need.

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