As people are escaping for their lives across war-torn Ukraine, a Ukrainian-owned coffee shop in Folsom is putting together humanitarian aid for refugees.
“They’re sleeping in the basement, they’re sleeping in the bathrooms because that’s the safest place they can go right now,” said Nina Getman.
Getman, born in Ukraine, moved to Northern California 20 years ago, her family still lives in Ukraine.
Getman owns and operates the Chant’el Café in Folsom, where she’s now holding a fundraiser to get refugees supplies they need.
“We’re trying to help these people with water, with bread, with all the stuff, medical supplies, whatever they need,” Getman said.
Getman explained she has barely been able to stomach the news, as reports are of young men her son’s age dying on both sides of the invasion.
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“This is not good for anybody, not good for Russians not good for Ukrainians, nobody wants this war,” Getman said.
Millions are going without food, water or necessary medical supplies, it is her hope she can gather funds with the help of Northern California to aid as many refugees as possible.
“I think God will surprise everyone, because we’re praying day and night, our children are praying, we’re all praying. I have trust in God, I believe in God. We’re praying day and night, day and night, nonstop, we are fasting, we are without food, without drinks that’s because we want God to save our country that’s all we want,” Getman said as began to cry.
Getman says her family was safe and accounted for at the time of our interview. Hours later she was contacted by her sister who explained sirens were blaring and bombs had struck their hometown of Chernivtsi.
To donate visit the Chant’el Café at 1750 Prairie City Road, Unit 150, Folsom, California; or through her church’s humanitarian GoFundMe.