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Second round of Watertown donations headed to Ukraine; collection continues through Thursday

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WATERTOWN — After sending off the first round of essential goods to Ukraine, donations coming to Brenda H. Sipher and the team at the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors have more than doubled over the last week.

“People come in and say, ‘Oh, well, I only have a couple blankets to give,’” Lance M. Evans, executive officer of the realty board said. “But then you put all of those seemingly small donations together and you get this.”

Members of the church managing these donations, Volodymyr Vadyuk and Bohdan Movchko, loaded up the second round into a U-Haul Friday afternoon, bound once again for St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 207 Tompkins St., in Syracuse. From there, they will transport everything to New Jersey before being shipped overseas.

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Airbnb is Setting Up 100,000 Refugees From Ukraine With Free Housing

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Airbnb.org has announced it will offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Airbnb’s co-founders have already sent letters to leaders across Europe, starting with those in Poland, Germany, Hungary, and Romania—offering support in welcoming refugees within their borders, and promising to work closely with governments to best support the specific needs in each country, including by providing longer-term stays.

This announcement is part of a larger movement by the company to support refugees and other displaced people around the world. Last month, the organization announced that it has provided housing to 21,300 Afghan refugees, and it has set a new goal of providing free, temporary housing to another 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, and other regions.

Over the past five years, Airbnb and Airbnb.org have connected more than 54,000 refugees and asylees—including from Syria, Venezuela, and Afghanistan—to temporary housing through Airbnb.org partners.

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