To Ukraine with love from a Tuscaloosa family

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) – A west Alabama family wants the people of Ukraine to feel the love.

In recent weeks, most of Rumanek’s children have been working on special projects and selling them to raise money for the injured and suffering in this country.

The kids didn’t just make dozens of cookies and bookmarks – they learned something about the world in the process, and closer to home they discovered something about themselves.

Love in action at this North Tuscaloosa home. Dozens of chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies made and sold, plus bookmarks and coloring books.

“There is always something that can be done,” said Ashley Rumanek.

The kids made sales of $1,800 and every penny will be donated to their church this weekend, who will send it to help someone in war-torn Ukraine.

It was the brainchild of supermom Ashley Rumanek.

10-year-old Kate Rumanek has spent her time creating over 100 bookmarks. Kate found it to be by far the most meaningful project she had ever worked on.

“It doesn’t take me long to create a bunch of bookmarks,” she said.

In the process of baking, coloring and bookmarking, Kate Rumanek says there’s no doubt the experience was an eye-opener, and sometimes the world isn’t so kind, but that’s not all. is no excuse, she learned not to make a difference regardless of distance or time zone.

“It makes me sad, but you can help somehow,” she said.

The family agree that money won’t solve the war in Ukraine, but here it’s not so much money that matters – it’s extending their little corner of the world of compassion and empathy to more than 8,000 kilometers to the very people hungry for peace.

The family says they spent about three weeks on the projects and ended up making dozens of cookies.

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