by Hal Gray
GREENSBORO – On Friday, June 10, many community volunteers, with the leadership of Sonia Dunbar and Cara Hill, prepared over 120 take-out meals with numerous side dishes in the kitchen of the Greensboro United Church of Christ. They raised over $1,700 to benefit Afghan and Ukrainian refugees. Originally planned to help Afghan refugees, the dinner’s purpose was modified to assist Ukrainian refugees as well after the February invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Preparation of vegetables began Wednesday, June 8, with final cooking and distribution of the dinners on Friday, as people arrived on a “first come, first served” basis.
They were serenaded by Maria Schumann and Josh Karp with Ukrainian folk songs. The singers were joined at various points by people familiar with the songs or who simply wanted to show their support. As the entire stack of dinner containers disappeared, Schumann and Karp moved inside behind a bouquet of sunflowers, Ukraine’s national flower, from the greenhouse of Ted Donlon and Valdine Hall, to serenade the remaining kitchen crew.
The proceeds are being split evenly to help the Vermont office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in its work with Afghan refugees and Hungarian Interchurch Aid in its work with Ukrainian refugees.