PHS alum lives in Czech town helping Ukrainians – you can help

When the crisis in the Ukraine broke out, many Plumas County residents, including some local students, looked for ways to help. Crystal Stone, is a 1997 Portola High School graduate living in Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic,  in a town where refugees were arriving, often with only the clothing on their backs. This provided a first-hand connection and humanized the situation to students in what could easily otherwise feel like something happening in a distant location on the other end of the earth. There was immediately a desire to help, and the students rallied to connect.

Enter the Esperanza Foundation, which stepped forward to work as a non-profit bridge to connecting donations locally to the refugees of Cesky Krumlov. As a charitable foundation, they could provide the capacity for donations to go directly to the cause. A link is provided so that donations are made directly to individuals helping, or checks can be mailed to the foundation.

To date, well over $1,000 has been collected through the foundation for this cause. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. If you would like to support Ukrainian refugees, your donation is encouraged.

Checks made out to Esperanza Foundation can be mailed to 1200 Rancho Way, Woodland, California 85695

Online donations can be made as Esperanza Foundation website

Clothing shops were set up for Ukrainians to access when they first arrive. Photo submitted