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SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- As the conflict in Ukraine continues, mothers are struggling to provide for their kids. From food to supplies for newborns — finding basic necessities is one they don’t take for granted.

February 24th marks the day Yulia Gerbut, a mother from Ukraine, heard bombs going off outside her home in Kyiv.

“I saw the explosion from my bedroom window and that’s when I was really scared," said Gerbut.

Like many mothers in Ukraine, Gerbut made the difficult decision to flee with her boys to the U.S.

The nonprofit, Mission to Ukraine, is working with hundreds of families like Gerbut’s fleeing to other countries. They’re also helping provide supplies to those who have chosen to stay in their home country.

“We are situated out in Zhitomir, which is west of our capital Kyiv. 18 miles. Whoever needs the help can come to our office in Zhitomir and get food there, food supplies. They can get medicines they need. They can get diapers and even the drinking water," said Olga Antonova, Head of Department for Special Education, Mission to Ukraine.

Antonova, a Ukrainian native, also fled with her children to the U.S. for their safety.

She’s currently working out of the non-profit’s Indiana base in Noblesville.

“Our hearts are broken and we still have family in Ukraine. We still have our parents and what I can do while staying here in Indianapolis I can help with like receiving their donations," said Antonova.

The non-profit is currently accepting donations for mothers.

They need medicines like Tylenol or Advil, canned foods, diapers, and clothes.

You can also give cash donations on their website here.

While she's not on the frontlines, Antonova says she hopes the world continues to support her country as they fight for their freedom.

“My personal hope is that I will be able to help my country to be rebuilt and to become even more beautiful country," said Antonova.

Anyone interested in donating at their Noblesville location can email their team at STEVE.BOLES@MISSIONTOUKRAINE.ORG to coordinate.

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