Children add heartfelt message to care packages headed to Ukraine

Editor’s Note: This story is part of the annual Mosaic Journalism Workshop An intensive two-week course in journalism for Bay Area high school students. Students involved in the program report and photograph stories under the guidance of professional journalists.

When 7-year-old Zayn Zeidler saw news of the war in Ukraine, he became distraught and wanted to find ways to help.

The war went on for more than 100 days, and Zen was strained by the crisis at hand as he knew a classmate whose grandmother was in Ukraine, according to his mother, Dr. Kamakshi Zeidler.

“War is very difficult to explain to a 7-year-old,” Zeidler said. “But I know there are children who are affected and that’s not fair. It’s important for her to understand what her friend is going through.”

Around the same time, Zeidler, the head of Athetex, a plastic surgery company in Campbell, received a request from her nurse to send care packages to Ukraine.

“I have a nurse from Ukraine who works with Hearts for Ukraine, who asked if she could donate her paycheck to buy medical supplies through Aestheticex,” Zeidler said. “And I told him we can definitely do more than that.”

People wait outside as they enter the Hearts for Ukraine Warehouse on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in San Jose, Calif. (Saira Ahmed for Mosaic Journalism)

The company donated all of its warehouse of medical supplies worth about $20,000 to Hearts for Ukraine, a San Jose-based grassroots organization. Donations included IV fluids, airway supplies, and other sterile medical components. The organization has sent more than 15 tons of supplies to Ukrainian hospitals, shelters, schools, orphanages, nursing homes, refugee aid centers and Ukraine’s regional defense forces.

“We’re halfway around the world.” Zeidler said. “But there are people here in our community who are deeply and personally affected. And there are things we can do to really touch the world around us, and medical supplies are vital to saving lives.”

Inspired by her mother’s generosity, Zane Zeidler is determined to help her classmates as well. Zen announced a school in May, asking his classmates to draw a picture and bring it to their class. He collected more than 50 drawings.

On June 18, Zane and his friends help package supplies in a warehouse with notes from Hearts for Ukraine to send to the war-torn country.

Along with heartfelt messages, Zidler’s donation of medical supplies will help many Ukrainian doctors and health care workers, said Leon Kogan, spokesman for Hearts for Ukraine.

Blake Miller Holds His Portrait For Ukraine For Warehouse Of Ukraine On Saturday, June 18, 2022 In San Jose, Calif.  Hearts For Ukraine Is An Organization That Collects Supplies To Aid The Ukrainian People.  (Saira Ahmed For Mosaic Journalism)
Blake Miller holds his portrait for Ukraine for Ukraine Warehouse on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in San Jose, California. (Saira Ahmed for Mosaic Journalism)

“When they’re healing and using up supplies, at least they can really save lives,” Kogan said.

Kogan’s wife, Elvira Dayal-Kogan, said Hearts for Ukraine helped a mother send her husband, a Ukrainian soldier, to the front lines drawing her son. When she heard about Zen’s initiative, she thought it was heartwarming for her to send letters to children in Ukraine.

“I saw a whole pack of pictures, collages and writing.” Dayal-Kogan said. “It is interesting that it is not only our children who do this, but, in fact, there are Ukrainian children in Ukraine. For soldiers, it is very joyful to receive letters – it means why they fight.”

By the end of the event, Zeidler hoped that her son and his partner would “understand the power of a note” and saw the incident as a way to show children how they could make a difference, even if it was something small. Are.

“As a mother, I am very happy that I was able to instill in my son the values ​​that I uphold in my life.” Zeidler said.

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