FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – A Fort St. John resident has set up GiveSendGo to help out her family in Ukraine and is asking the community for their help.

Nadya McLean says she hasn’t been able to sleep the past week, and since the invasion started, she and her family don’t know what each day will bring.

She adds that she’s trying her best to contact her family living in Ukraine, but the time difference and distance between British Columbia and Ukraine make it hard to communicate.

McLean says she recently started this fundraising campaign to help out her immediate family.

“I do hope that we can get a little bit more people involved. I just started it,” said McLean

“I have some family that lives 140 kilometres outside of the capital city of Kyiv, and they’re under constant alert and air attacks, ” said McLean.

“They can’t work, they’re on curfew. They’re scared even to go out to get supplies. They’re just running out of necessities at this point there. Some of their hydro stations are being attacked, so they are now under the risk of losing heat in the middle of the winter,” said McLean.

McLean says many Ukrainian families are torn about leaving their loved ones behind to fight while escaping to neighbouring countries.

“Some of them did leave, they left for Poland. Some of them can’t leave because that is just not safe to move at this point. Their government told them to stay. Some of them refused to leave because they have sons, kids, husbands they can’t leave them behind and go,” said McLean.

So far, $700 has been raised for McLean’s family out of a $5,000 fundraising goal.

Those who wish to donate can click here.