The Naples family opens their hearts and homes using the Ukrainian Take Shelter platform


Alethea Shapiro looked into how she could help other Ukrainian families after she fled to southwestern Florida.

“I decided you know this is such a horrible situation, nothing I’ve ever seen in my life, where do you start and so I just started with a family,” said Shapiro.

Shapiro thought Ukraine Take Shelter was a great way to help her. Shapiro explained what the Ukraine Take Shelter platform is: “The idea is basically in a nutshell, having a house needs a house”.

She had a little more space and signed up: “I almost forgot,” says Shapiro. “A few weeks later the Makelendra contacted me they actually contacted me and another family contacted me.”

In Ukraine, George and Anastasia Makelandra, and their two children Elizabeth and Richard, were on the run. They didn’t know where to go or what to do, but they knew they had to keep their children safe.

“That parenting feeling could make a mistake and that mistake could cost the family their life,” says Anastasia. “Through all of this and the feeling in this moment of being in a safe place and having a family that is helping and they have all this love.”

Iryna Danyleyko is with United Ukraine Volunteers says: “I feel like this is my war and everything I am doing here I am protecting my country as much as possible here is basically everything and if I am helping, I feel like I am also serving my country “.

While the Makelendra miss their home country, for now, life is here in southwestern Florida.

Copyright 2022 Fort Myers Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, transmitted, rewritten or redistributed without prior written consent.