North Texans continue to rally in support of Ukraine – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The world is watching with anxiety the development of the situation in Ukraine. In North Texas, there have been rallies and vigils in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
Many here still have strong ties to the country and hope for the safety of their loved ones. As people gathered in downtown Fort Worth Sunday afternoon, many brought with them personal stories and the names of loved ones they care about.
As Nataliia Hays now lived in North Texas, but said her mother’s sisters, cousins, goddaughters and friends were still in Ukraine.
She helped organize Sunday’s rally while battling her own feelings of fear. She tells us that her family is now hiding in the basement of a building, not far from the sounds of explosions.
“They go down and hide and sometimes they go up to find something to eat and drink,” Hays said.
It was early last month when Hays’ mother landed in Texas for what they thought was just a two-and-a-half-month visit. Now her mother plans to stay, while her family in Ukraine hopes to survive.
“My heart hurts so much because what can I do?” she says.
A short drive to Plano, a worship service was also held with the Ukrainian people in mind. Pastor Leo Regheta of River of Life Dallas Church said he understands what is happening in his homeland.
“I was blown away,” Regheta said. ” I could not believe my eyes. I didn’t think it would come down to that. »
He too has family in Ukraine. He said visibility, financial support and solidarity keep them going.
“That support is what gives us wings that we can use to fly,” Regheta said.
As for those who wait, watch, hope, fight and hide…
“Our message to them is just to stay alive one way or another,” Hays said. “Do what you want. Hide. Just stay alive.
For more information about the Ukraine conflict, the U.S. response, and how to help, visit https://www.uast.org/ or https://www.state.gov/additional-military-assistance-for- Ukraine/.