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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Ukrainian kids getting prepared for school from Baba’s Closet

Baba's Closet assists Ukrainian kids in getting ready for school

Key Takeaways:

  • As August draws near, kids, including those enrolling in a Canadian school for the first time, are preparing to return to school.

Children, even those attending a Canadian school for the first time, are getting ready to return to class as August approaches.

Baba’s Closet provides free bags stuffed with goodies for Ukrainian refugees returning to school in the fall.

“They will receive presents inside, including gift cards, novels, teddy bears, and school materials. The remainder of the items can be picked up at the front if anything is missing, according to Nettie Cherniatenski, manager of Baba’s Closet.

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When the war started, Baba’s Closet accepted furniture donations and other household items to distribute to refugee families coming to Saskatchewan.

When she feels about how far they’ve come, Nettie gets emotional. “It’s too much. It’s tough to describe how it makes me feel; it’s pulling at my heartstrings,” said Cherniatenski.

Since they opened, Nettie had recorded each family’s name and the number of children they had.

She had 300 backpacks available for pickup on Thursday.

Baba's Closet assists Ukrainian kids in getting ready for school
Baba’s Closet assists Ukrainian kids in getting ready for school. Image from Fox News

So whether the kids use it for school, library books, swimming, or anything else, Cherniatenski added, “They are going to have a fresh new backpack for the children, so hopefully they enjoy it.”

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, the families could drop over and pick up their baggage.

It’s wonderful for children to go back to school prepared, said Maxine Bell, the host mother. “They’ll see what items are in the backpack, mark them off, and tell them what other things they need to add.”

It’s a modest deed that has a significant social impact.

Source: Global News

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