EUGENE, Ore.– It has been more than seven months since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Thousands of people have died in the war abroad and many Ukrainian cities are in ruins.
In Oregon, many have done what they can to raise awareness and support for Ukraine.
For some in Eugene, that includes the belt of a few notes.
A benefit concert titled Songs for Ukraine was held Saturday afternoon at the Community of Christ. People from near and far came to the event.
It was an event to raise funds for medical supplies in Ukraine. The goal was to raise at least $10,000.
Ron Raynes is one of the concert organizers. He is a singer with The Eugene Gleeman.
“I watched in horror what is happening in Ukraine and thought, ‘what can I do? I feel so hopeless,'” Raynes said. “Then I realized I was singing in the Eugene choral community. I can bring people together.”
Raynes said the idea for the gig started in May. He contacted the President of the Ukrainian Foundation Yuri Boyechko.
The Ukrainian Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Portland. It was founded in 2006 to help Ukrainian refugees settle in the United States.
Since the war in Ukraine, the organization has been helping displaced Ukrainians inside and outside Ukraine.
“Every dollar [at the concert] going to buy medical supplies,” Boyechko said. “We try to provide [Ukrainians] with warm clothes and blankets because this winter is going to be the most horrible. Everything is destroyed there.”
Along with several music groups, Ukrainian ballroom couple Hanna Lytvyach and Anyon Ivanyshyn performed at the concert.
The couple left Ukraine last summer.
“We feel great because Oregon is like Ukraine,” Lytvyach said. “Very friendly people. We are very happy to stay here, but part of our heart is still in Ukraine.”
They ask people not to forget what is happening abroad and to provide any kind of support.
“I want to beg people to support Ukraine because we need support and we need help,” Ivanyshyn said.
The concert took place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Organizers said they raised nearly $16,000.