The Town Common
To Ukraine With Love
by Stewart Lytle
Wednesday March 16, 2022
NEWBURYPORT – Since the Russian tanks and soldiers moved into Ukraine, Nadiia and Jarrod Sadowski have been working around the clock to raise money to buy food and supplies for the needy and frightened residents of her hometown of Nova Kakhovka.
“Since the first day of the war Feb 24th, her town and surrounding towns were occupied by the Russian military. They have been bombing surrounding towns and parts of her town. Some people have fled to other villages, but most have nowhere to go, and they are all running out of money, food and medicine,” Jarrod wrote last week.
Nadiia starts making calls to Ukraine at midnight (7 a.m. in Ukraine) and works 20 hours a day, he said. She is coordinating efforts by volunteers, many of them her friends and family members, to deliver bags of food in hopes of feeding residents for up to five days.
Walking or driving in one or two cars, the volunteers get through Russian military checkpoints by bribing the soldiers with cigarettes or food. They work with local farms that sell them food products, and they found two food warehouses where they buy food.