Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher raise $30 million for Ukrainian refugees

In a video shared on Kutcher’s Instagram, the couple thanked supporters for their donations. “Over 65,000 of you donated,” Kunis said. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support.” She stressed that while donations will not solve the crisis, “our collective effort will provide a soft landing for so many as they move forward into their uncertain future.”

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure the outpouring of love that has come from all of you through this campaign finds the maximum impact with those in need,” Kutcher added. “As funding continues to pour in, we’re going to treat every dollar as if it came out of pocket.”

The International Organization for Migration says that since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in late February, more than 3 million refugees have fled the country, including at least 1.5 million children. Many of them have found refuge in neighboring countries, including Romania, Moldova and Poland. And 6.48 million people have been internally displaced, forced to leave their homes to seek safety elsewhere in the country.

As of early Sunday, more than $34 million had been donated via 69,300 individual donations according to the GoFundMe page.

Kunis herself is a “proud Ukrainian”. On the couple’s GoFundMe, she explained that she was born in Chernivtsi, a city in southwestern Ukraine, in 1983 and her family moved to the United States eight years later.

“Ukrainians are proud and courageous people who deserve our help in these difficult times,” she wrote. “This unjust attack on Ukraine and humanity as a whole is devastating and the people of Ukraine need our support.”

Donations to the GoFundMe go to two organizations: freight forwarding company Flexport, which organizes relief shipments to refugee sites in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova, and Airbnb, which provides free short-term housing to refugees. from Ukraine.
Kunis and Kutcher join other stars, including Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, who have also pledged to match donations for Ukrainian refugees, and Gigi Hadid, who donated her fashion month earnings to aid humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

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