The Long Beach Peace Vigil for Ukraine, organized by Justin Rudd, will take place this Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Bay Shore Church and will feature poetry reading and a few words from city and state officials.
Sara O’Connor, who organized the event, will donate the $5,500 she raised to three organizations that provide food, water, hygiene kits, cash assistance, psychological and social support and first-aid supplies for paramedics and doctors on the front lines.
Sara O’Connor, a Long Beach resident, combined her love for running with her desire to provide aid to the Ukrainian community. The run will take place this Sunday, March 27 at 9 a.m.
Hanna Tverdokhlib, 37, came here in 2020 with her husband and 7-year-old son. Through Facebook and WhatsApp, she stays connected to her family seeking shelter amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“I have been in awe hearing and reading the words of these heroic people as they fight to protect their democracy. It has been incredible to witness, and we are proud to light up our city in their honor,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.