The Dublin Airport Welcome Center for Ukrainian refugees entering the country has urgently appealed for donations of strollers, car seats and baby clothes.
icon Le Saout from Moments Photography in Dublin and Ollwyn Moran, founder of Cognikids, have partnered with the receiving facility to provide the refugees with much needed childcare needs.
The couple shared a donation request on Instagram on Friday morning and have since been flooded with messages from people offering to donate toys and car seats to mothers and children on the run. Ukraine.
Ms Le Saout said she was “blown away” by the response they received and the generosity of those willing to help.
“Instagram exploded, my phone didn’t stop working, we talked this morning and I think we could have raised about 300,000 euros, for example car seats,” she said.
“Just this morning someone dropped bags of new clothes marked three months, baby boy, six year old, baby girl, sleeping bag, it’s not real. I was blown away by the response in such a short amount of time. ”
Ms. Le Saout was moved by the striking image of a row of abandoned street vendors at a train station in Poland for women and children fleeing Ukraine and wanted to support her.
The photo, originally taken at a train station in Przemysl, southeastern Poland, and shared by photojournalist Francesco Malavolta, went viral last week as the real effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine came to was exposed.
Other photos show teddy-filled congratulations to children arriving in Poland.
“I’m a photographer and I’ve seen pictures of all the toys at Polish train stations that mothers leave behind, and I was like god.
“And then they bombed the maternity hospital and I thought I’d go. I have a provider [for my work] One of my albums lives nearby, their factory is 30 miles from the border, and I talked to her, and she said they needed all the help they could get,” she said.
“I thought, what can I do here and the picture came out and I was so worried, maybe we will get strollers and strollers for the mothers who come here.
“I called the Department of Justice and looked up the number of the immigrant reception center and they said they can really do with the stroller because the mothers are coming with babies in their arms.
“I get calls, texts, emails all the time, we have to put up a google sheet now to keep track of everything.”
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https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/urgent-appeal-for-buggies-and-childrens-clothing-for-ukrainian-refugees-arriving-at-dublin-airport-41439407.html Urgent appeal for strollers and baby clothes for Ukrainian refugees arriving at Dublin Airport