How To Help The People Of Ukraine (Local Seattle Connection)

Lviv Remains Haven And Staging Ground As Russia Focuses Assault On Eastern Ukraine

A child waits on the train to Poland at the central train station on April 11, 2022 in Lviv, Ukraine. Many people are heading west as Russia's military is anticipated to conduct renewed attacks in the east. Lviv has served as a stopover and shelter for the millions of Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion, either to the safety of nearby countries or the relative security of western Ukraine. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

From April 1 – April 30, 2022, during its 6th Annual Honoring Heroes Event, Olympic Hot Tub has chosen to honor and support the Ukrainian Association of Washington State. Funds from the Association will help deliver medical supplies to hospitals in the Ukraine, support civilians in lifesaving tactical medicine, and will help internally displaced families and orphans.

Don Riling, president of Olympic Hot Tub, launched the annual Honoring Heroes Event in 2017 as a way to give back to the community his company has been a part of for forty-five years. Each April, Olympic Hot Tub selects a beneficiary that honors or celebrates local heroes, first responders or teachers.

“Because of the heroic efforts of Ukrainian people in the headlines every day,” Riling said, “I felt compelled to look for a way we could offer support from within our own communities. We are proud to honor the Ukrainian Association of Washington State and the heroes they serve.”

Olympic Hot Tub will donate a portion of the purchase price for each Hot Spring Spa, Freeflow Spa, and Vita Spa sold in the month of April. They will also donate for every Vita Swim Spa and Covana Automated Gazebo sold. Funds raised will help replenish funds for the Association’s critical program to support Ukrainian families devastated by war with comfort, aid, and lifesaving medical supplies. This year’s donation goal is a minimum of $18,000.

Olympic Hot Tub also encourages community members to donate directly to the Ukrainian Association of Washington here:

About the Ukrainian Association of Washington State

Founded in 1971, The Ukrainian Association of Washington State has worked to preserve Ukrainian heritage and is the link that unites Ukrainian-American people. From cultural events to supporting the Fund to Endow a Chair of Ukrainian Studies at U.W., their focus is to bring out what is the best in the Ukrainian community.

Hear my conversation with Don Riling and the president of the UAWS, Lilya Kovalenko, here:


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