For decades, Lincoln businessman Steve Glenn has helped get Husker fans to big games and bowl appearances. Now he’s using his travel agency and expertise to help Ukrainian refugees to find refuge in Poland. “Basically we went out and booked April for 50 hotel rooms to accommodate 200 families who were refugees and had no place to live,” said Glenn. He called it Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine,” Glenn said. He said that because of the generosity of the community, Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine raised more than $220,000 and enlisted church and community groups and dozens of volunteers who traveled to Poland to help. “It looks like we will be able to support refugees through April and even part of June,” Glenn said. He recently visited Poland and saw the desperation first hand. “If you think about it, the trauma of losing your home, your family, your neighborhood, your job, all of that is lost,” Glenn said. Most of the refugees were women and children. three people staying at the hotel has medical problems because she had to travel from Ukraine to Warsaw, Poland. And it’s a 10 or 12 day trek on foot and cars and buses and trains and through six inches of snow and spring rain,” Glenn said. He said many were in shock. “It helps people in their darkest hours,” Glenn said. He saw thousands of people sleeping in mass shelters or train stations. A woman with three children had just lost her husband in the war. “It brought tears to our eyes because we just didn’t know how to help her,” Glenn said. He said they counseled her and tried to comfort her. a lot we can do and she had just lost it all,” Glenn said. He said all donations were for hotel rooms, food, clothing and medical care. Volunteers help families fill out paperwork and even arrange travel to other countries. “We’ve already sent 11 families to Canada, the UK, Spain and even two families to California,” Glenn said. as well. So far, Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine has helped over 200 families. and miles and miles of tractor-trailers waiting at the border with supplies to enter Ukraine,” Glenn said. He also saw men carrying guns heading towards Ukraine. “They were Americans, they were British, they were Europeans going to battle,” Glenn said. Glenn said his team of volunteers works with local organizations to identify families who need help. help.” This is to show Ukraine that we love them. And then America cares. Glenn said. Glenn said they could see the gratitude in their smiles. One gesture that particularly touched him and the volunteers was a hand-drawn thank you card from a 10-year-old refugee.” It was a hand and the hand was the color of the flag of Ukraine with a heart with a flag of the United States,” said Glenn “What a powerful drawing,” Glenn said. “We are so blessed in the United States.” Here’s a link to Operation Safe Harbor if you’d like to help.

For decades, Lincoln businessman Steve Glenn has helped get Husker fans to big games and bowl appearances.

He now uses his travel agency and his expertise to help Ukrainian refugees find refuge in Poland.

“Basically we went out and booked April for 50 hotel rooms to accommodate 200 families who were refugees and had no place to live,” Glenn said.

He called her Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine.

“We put them in a private room where they can be with their kids, so they’re safe,” Glenn said.

He said that due to the generosity of the community, Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine raised more than $220,000 and enlisted church and community groups and dozens of volunteers who traveled to Poland to help.

“It looks like we will be able to support refugees through April and even part of June,” Glenn said.

He recently visited Poland and saw the desperation firsthand.

“If you think about it, the trauma of losing your home, your family, your neighborhood, your job, it’s all lost,” Glenn said.

Most of the refugees were women and children. Many were sick.

“One of the three people staying at the hotel has medical issues because she had to travel from Ukraine to Warsaw, Poland. And it’s a 10 or 12 day trek on foot and car and train bus and through six inches of snow and spring rains,” Glenn said.

He said many were in shock.

“It helps people in their darkest hours,” Glenn said.

He saw thousands of people sleeping in collective shelters or train stations.

A woman with three children had just lost her husband during the war.

“It was a tearful for us because we just didn’t know how to help,” Glenn said.

He said they counseled her and tried to comfort her.

“There’s not much we can do and she had just lost everything,” Glenn said.

He said all donations go towards hotel rooms, food, clothing and medical care.

The volunteers help the families to fill out the papers and even organize the passage to other countries.

“We’ve already sent 11 families to Canada, the UK, Spain and even two families to California,” Glenn said.

He also works on flying families to Lincoln and Omaha.

So far, Operation Safe Harbor Ukraine has helped over 200 families.

“We think we’ll be over 500 or 600 here next month,” Glenn said.

While in Poland, Glenn traveled to the Ukrainian border.

“We came across miles and miles of tractor-trailers waiting at the border with supplies to enter Ukraine,” Glenn said.

He also saw men carrying guns heading towards Ukraine.

“They were Americans, they were British, they were Europeans going into battle,” Glenn said.

Glenn said his team of volunteers works with local organizations to identify families who need help.

“It’s to show Ukraine that we love it. And then America cares. And America feels it’s wrong and we have your back,” Glenn said.

Glenn said they could see the gratitude in their smiles.

One gesture that particularly touched him and the volunteers was a hand-drawn thank you card from a 10-year-old refugee.

“It was a hand and the hand was the color of the flag of Ukraine with a heart with a flag of the United States,” Glenn said.

“What a powerful drawing,” said Glenn. “We are so blessed in the United States.”

Here is a link to Operation Safe Harbor if you want to help.

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