Sarasota young man returns home after three-week visit to Ukraine
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) — Andy Roman has just returned to Sarasota after a three-week trip to Ukraine. He says the devastation is beyond anything you can imagine.
“It was a reality, just a shock to see the real destruction of what they had done to the village,” Roman said.
The 22-year-old was there to deliver tools and supplies as the country rebuilds homes and other infrastructure destroyed in the current war with Russia.
“We were bringing saws and hammers and air compressors and diesels and generators,” Roman said. “And not only that, but also food and medical supplies.”
Roman also delivered 75 body armor and a van to help get people out of harm’s way. He says the human toll is even more devastating.
“Everyone has lost someone, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters,” Roman said.
“We just want to support him in any way we can,” said Dr. Reverend Samuel Wright, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church. “When you see that kind of emotion and heart for others, you want to be a part of it.”
Roman had also spent three weeks in Ukraine earlier this year. Despite the dangers, he says it’s something he has to do.
“I know my ancestors would want me to do this,” Roman said. “And it’s important to me that they get as much help as they need because they don’t deserve this.”
Roman is planning another trip to Ukraine next month. For more information on how you can help, you can log on to ukrainianpeace.org.
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