Poland shows massive generosity and solidarity with Ukraine amid ongoing war
With little more than the clothes on their back, hundreds of Ukrainian women and children wait hours in line to cross into Poland as part of the largest movement of people in Europe since World War II. They shuffle their feet quietly, even apprehensively, toward an unknown future in an unfamiliar country.
They’re stunned when they arrive. Volunteers have taped Ukrainian flags in their car windows and signs in Ukrainian reading, “free rides to shelter.” The drivers take the refugees to the Baptist church in Chelm, only a few kilometers up the road where people from around the world — Poland, Latvia, England, the United States, to name a few — are offering a place of safety and security for a few hours, few days or as long as they need it.
Families sit in stunned silence in an impromptu reception area where church volunteers tell the refugees the church has free food, drinks, showers and places to sleep.
The congregation even has a set-up children’s area where they can play with bubbles or watch educational videos projected on a screen.