‘Life-changing experience’: Two local women return after crossing Ukraine border to help refugees

NORTH ATTLEBORO, MASS. (WLNE)- Two women from Massachusetts who went to the Ukraine border to help refugees are now back home.

It took two days for these women to pack their bags, lug eight suitcases of medical supplies, and hop on a plane to Poland.

The North Attleboro and Walpole natives say it is a personal mission for them.

Ulana Nosal came to the U.S. from Ukraine when she was 12-years-old, and Terry Reid’s grandmother is from Ukraine.

“Without the blink of an eye, Terry said, I’m coming with you,” said Nosal.

Nosal and Reid are now back home after what they call a life-changing experience. A majority of their time was spent stocking up items needed at refugee camps, and finding housing for families – including a mom and her two-year-old daughter.

“The mom was shaking, disturbed and scared. She had one backpack on her. She said she fleed in the middle of the night and was on the train for 22 hours,” said Nosal. “We convinced her to come with us and she got in our truck with her daughter. She told us how scared she was.”

Nosal also got to see her family that lives in Ukraine.

“I looked at all different options of how to get them to come home with us, and unfortunately, I was told it was about a six month waiting period,” said Nosal.

“It’s going to keep going on unless the Ukrainian military gets the help they need,” said Nosal. “Our work is not done and there is so much more work to be done to help our Ukrainian people.”

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