Local family raising money for Ukrainian refugees through fundraiser

AUGUSTA, Georgia (WJBF)– A family from Augusta started a fundraiser to support Ukrainian refugees. Fundraising has since grown to a much larger scale than expected.

Angela Gore says that over the past few weeks her heart has broken for the people of Ukraine.

“It’s pretty scary for all of us here. It’s terrifying for us and we’re not where they are. Everyone wants to do something. A little something. When everyone does a little something, it turns into a big something,” Gore said.

Gore and his family found a way to help. They started making Ukrainian cookies to sell to their friends and neighbors. 100% of proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

Gore posted about the treats on Facebook and the response was huge. They raised over $400 the first day.

“I personally didn’t think it would be this much. I thought it would be a max of about 300 cookies, but it was way more,” Gore’s son Alex said.

The family says they are touched by the reaction of their neighbors.

“It’s just a great sense of community coming together. I already know that we have an amazing community here and neighbors who support each other and always want to participate and help each other, but it’s just knowing that everyone feels the same. That everyone is concerned,” Gore said.

To fulfill all orders, everyone is on deck in the Gore kitchen.

“Working in a team is really fun and good. It’s almost like an experience of bonding family while helping other people,” Alex said.

Gore says she took the opportunity to teach her children the Golden Rule.

“The main lesson or memory for them is that we do to others what we would have them do to us,” Gore said.

The fundraiser was only supposed to last two days, but now they’ll cook for the entire Lenten season. You can order for local pickup or delivery on the Augusta Cookies for Ukraine Facebook page.