Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilmen Terence McSweeney and DuWayne Gregory recently joined together with leadership and congregants at the Holy Family Ukrainian Church for a prayer service in support of the people of Ukraine. Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly and Knights of Columbus Chancellor Patrick Corcoran were also in attendance.
At the service, Supervisor Schaffer announced that the Town of Babylon has launched a drive to collect monetary donations that will go toward supporting Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing the Russian invasion. The drive is being coordinated through the Industrial Development Agency with the goal of raising $25,000.
“The Town of Babylon is home to one of the largest Ukrainian populations on Long Island, and we will do everything we can to stand with the people of Ukraine, and with our friends and neighbors here at home who still have family and friends over there,” said Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “The Babylon community always comes together in times of crisis and I know this will be no different,” added Supervisor Schaffer.
All proceeds collected through the drive will be donated to the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church in Lindenhurst, which will work to disseminate through charitable organizations in countries where refugees are resettling. Supervisor Schaffer and the Babylon Town Board hope to reach the $25,000 goal by early April.
In person donations can be made directly to the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church at 225. N. 4th Street in Lindenhurst. Online donations can be made through this link: http://www.holyfamilyucc.com/online-donations
Photo Left to Right: Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Councilman DuWayne Gregory, Chancellor Patrick Corcoran of Lindenhurst Knights of Columbus, Father Nikolaj, Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Councilman Terence McSweeney and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly.