Idaho teens travel to Ukraine, gift families new homes amid war

Idaho teens travel to Ukraine, gift families new homes amid war

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MAKARIV, Ukraine — Three Ukrainian families have new homes thanks to a bunch of Idaho teens who raised $50,000 for the humanitarian journey.

Chase Miller, Lachlan Haacke, Landon and Jaden Murphy spent practically every week in Ukraine placing the ultimate touches on modular homes they bought utilizing the donations they raised. The teens stated it was a life-changing expertise.

“It’s unreal. It’s exhausting to consider what occurred in Ukraine,” Landon Murphy stated. “It undoubtedly reveals me how fortunate I’m to not dwell in a war-torn nation.”

The modular homes had been constructed and delivered by a Ukrainian firm the group got here into contact with on a earlier journey. Nonprofit ToUkraineWithLove.org helped discover the families who would obtain the totally furnished homes, which value practically $15,000 every.

The first house went to a household of 5. The group was in a position to construct their new house proper subsequent to the previous one, which was lowered to rubble throughout the war.

“Everything was destroyed. You might see remnants of a number of the kitchenware and the place the beds used to be,” Miller stated.

The work attracted close by residents who had been keen to share their war tales with the boys. Landon Murphy recalled speaking with a lady who misplaced her mom and her daughter throughout an assault. She was left to look after an 8-month-old grandbaby and not using a roof over her head.

“They misplaced all the pieces, they misplaced their house,” Murphy stated. “There are so many different families who might assist if we raised extra money from the neighborhood.”

The teens stated at instances they too caught a glimpse of what dwelling in a war zone was like.

“When we had been within the bunker, we simply waited till the air raid sirens had been finished,” Chase Miller stated.

They stated although the journey was stenuous, being there in individual to gift these homes to the families in want was value it.

“Everyone was tremendous shocked and tremendous emotional and so they had been crying,” Miller stated. “Everyone was hugging one another, and it was actually touching to see.”

Teens from Idaho sit in a bunker near Makariv, Ukraine.  They gifted new homes for several Ukrainian families.
Teens from Idaho sit in a bunker close to Makariv, Ukraine. They gifted new homes for a number of Ukrainian families. (Photo: ToUkraineWithLove.org by way of KSL-TV)

The teens are hoping to increase extra funds to do a second journey and assist extra families rebuild their new lives.

“There’s all the time a possibility to assist, and that if sufficient folks assist, we will actually change lives,” Miller stated.

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Ashley Moser

Ashley Moser joined KSL in January 2016. She co-anchors KSL 5 Live at 5 with Mike Headrick and reviews for the KSL 5 News at 10.

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