Would you save your Mother’s life for $200? 

A story of an amazing family from the Wisconsin Dells rescuing their mother from the Ukraine

Donate now to Sunflower of Peace Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion.


The other day I was sitting on my phone during a show and scrolling through Facebook when I saw “My Momma is finally with me. She left Ukraine. Thank you so much everyone for reaching out”. My heart stopped and I immediately began to read responses from my friend Oksana’s Facebook page. I met Oksana years ago and haven’t talked to her in awhile. I knew she was from somewhere in the Ukraine, always loved her accent, but for some reason when Jen was reporting on the tragedies in the Ukraine I just didn’t put two and two together.

Oksana moved to the Wisconsin Dells on June 6 of 2006. She had come here for a work program from the city of Dnipro in the Ukraine. She would end up loving America, having a child and becoming a US Citizen back in 2017. Her brother would come to the Dells as well in 2010 and they both began their version of the “American Dream”. Oksana would go back and visit her mother Lyudmyla over the years and her mom would visit here as well. One of the many negatives of the pandemic was that her mom hasn’t been to the states in 3 years.

So last Friday I texted Oksana and asked if she had a minute to chat. We jumped on the phone for almost an hour as she told me the amazing and sad story of what has been going on with her family in the Ukraine.

We will attach audio from her visit but here are a few of the things that I leaned on Friday that made my heart drop.

Lyudmyla moved to Dnipro from the city of Malyn, about an hour drive from Kyiv. She would marry Oksana’s dad, whom is no longer with us, and have a family in their home that had the school Oksana would go to right in the back yard. When things began to escalate in the Ukraine Oksana’s neighbor walked over to the school, which had become a designated bomb shelter, and offered to help in any way she could. The principal of the school informed her that this bomb shelter was only for the parents and students of the school and she and her friend Lyudmyla would have to find shelter else where. I don’t know if you realize this or not, I did not, but there are not a lot of shelters currently in the town of Dnipro and it had become just a matter of time before Russian troops would be entering the city limits, so the question became “what do we do now?”.

Oksana reached out to her old friend and daughter of her mothers neighbor. Her friend is living in Israel and the two of them began calling everyone they could to call in favors to get their mothers to safety. Something else I have learned that I didn’t know is that men between the ages of 18 to 60 can’t actually leave the country. What a lot of them are doing is driving women and children to safety in Poland, it’s a 30 hour drive, and then driving back with water. The reason they go back with water is because Russian troops have destroyed the water supply to towns like Dnipro.

I asked Oksana how much did it cost for that ride? She told me that in the Ukraine it’s a lot of money but “American Dollars” would be $200.00. I was shocked! I couldn’t believe that a ride to the border was only $200.00. I lost my mom years ago and would’ve paid anything to stop the sickness that ripped through her body. For only $200.00 Oksana got to get her mother to safety and then airfare from Poland to the US. The total bill for Lyudmyla to see her daughter, son and grand children was $1,200.00.

Oksana’s grandparents are still in the town of Malyn. While her mother was flying to safety the town of Malyn was bombed so bad that the force blew out all the windows in her Grandma and Grandpa’s home. Fortunately their other daughter is there and came and put plastic over the windows and the blasts didn’t knock out their furnace.

Why have I shared all this with you? I think many of us, myself included, sit behind our phones and computers and watch things like this happen and don’t do anything. To some of us it just seems like a movie or we won’t worry about it until it’s in our backyard. Other people, like the people that raised over $5,000.00 in the Dells to help Oksana’s friends and family in the Ukraine are making moves. Shouldn’t we all be doing that? It’s pretty easy. If you don’t have the money share stories on social media. We all have a little time to stop watching Tik Tok video’s, or whatever, to spread the word. Don’t we?

Oksana choose a charity that she trusts and that is what we are asking you donate to. We won’t know the total’s, like we normally do, when we are helping people but YOU will know that YOU are making a difference. Join me please in helping spread the word, love and assistance that the great people of our country have the luxury of providing.


Help Ukranian Refugees!

Fish and Jen were talking this morning about ways to help Ukranian Refugees. Here is a list they researched for possible donations to support 501C organizations that help:

They’ve started a relief fund  to provide shelter, food and water for 660 thousand– and counting, refugees. Funds collected will also be used for health and psychosocial care as well as education.
They are collecting financial donations that will go to supporting resources and aid to all displaced families.  IRC specializes in helping  refugees from around the world who’ve been forced from their homes. They play a particular  role in resettlement efforts in the United States.
An organization that provides medical care during humanitarian crises.  They have workers in Ukraine now.  They use money raised to supply mass casualty kits, emergency medicine and preparedness for training local hospitals and healthcare workers.
This agency  operates under the  auspices of the United Nations.  Donations collected here will go to provide health care, legal assistance and on-the-ground supply support to refugees from Ukraine.


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Since becoming the most watched show on cable television in 2018, the actors have been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

For now, you can continue watching the Dutton legacy in the spinoff show, 1883, starring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Can’t wait to see watch the ranch has in store for 2022!


Dolly Parton will host 2022 ACM Awards

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This years show will air a month earlier than usual on March 7th in Las Vegas rather than Nashville. For the first time, the ACM’s will be streamed commercial free, on Amazon Prime Video.


Surprise: Kane Brown is a dad again!

Surprise!  Kane Brown and his wife Katelyn kept the pregnancy off of social media until the birth of their 2nd baby girl, Kodi Jane on December 30th!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Katelyn explains why she kept this a secret from social media:

 
 
 
 
 
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WIN TICKETS TO KANE BROWN HERE:


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79 year old Veteran, Kenny, gained popularity on TikTok as Patriotic Kenny thanks to his neighbor Amanda.  When he needed a new mobility scooter, his life changed, and he’s doing that for others now.

Q-Munity: let’s help the 18 Wisconsin Veterans who need a scooter thru Levy Giving Fund! Listen to this really cool update and how you can continue to help:

 

Like Amanda said, Kenny loves receiving mail, so if you’d like to send him a Happy 80th Birthday Card for his birthday coming up in January 2022:

@patriotickennyAnswer im_siowei This moment litetally changed Kenny’s life and so many other veterans’ lives. ❤️ ##viral ##tiktokasks ##kennycrew ##scootersforvets♬ original sound – patriotickenny

Bryce’s Sports Break: John Madden

The final Bryce’s Sports Break for 2021 is filled with some sports sadness about the passing of John Madden, but the way Bryce remembers Madden will hopefully make you smile.  Also Packers vs Vikings, score prediction, and which new player to be watching – listen here:

 


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Shelli Marquardt is the President of Waukesha County Community Foundation and tells us the update on the money donated to the Fund and the heartwarming moments she will never forget:


Steph’s TikTok Search: Casee Allen at Lambeau Field

Steph’s TikTok Search follows up with Casee Allen after he takes his son to Lambeau Field for the first time!  (videos below)

Casee tells us about his years being a cage fighter before being a country artist, goals for 2022, and who is his dream artist to tour with.   Thanks again Becky and the [email protected] Show for introducing us!

 

@casee.allenBIG thank you to the @Green Bay Packers & everyone who helped this weekend a dream come true for my little boy!🙏 ##gopackgo💚💛♬ original sound – Casee Allen


WATCH: Lauren Alaina Breaks Down on Opry Stage

CONGRATS Lauren Alaina!  She let out a good cry after being asked to become a Member of the Grand Ole Opry, but it was also WHO asked her that made it that more special: