Actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are “overwhelmed with gratitude” to the donors her GoFundMe campaign to help Ukraine.
The That ’70s Show co-stars thanked donors in a video update Thursday, announcing that they are meeting their $30 million goal to benefit victims of Russia’s invasion of the former Soviet nation, which began on March 24. February began, had exceeded.
“We’ve achieved our goal!” Kunis said in the video. “Over 65,000 of you have donated. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support. And while this is far from the solution to the problem, our combined efforts will allow so many people a softer landing as they move forward into their future of uncertainty.”
“Our work is not done yet,” added Kutcher. “We will do everything we can to ensure that the outpouring of love that has come from all of you as part of this campaign has maximum impact on those in need.
“As funds continue to come in, we will treat every dollar as if it were donated from our pocket: with respect and honor for the work that earned it, with the intention of the love by which it was given and the desire.” after that it is maximized to positive outcome for others.”
Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine and whose family immigrated to the United States in 1991, and her husband launched the Stand With Ukraine fundraiser on March 3 with plans to raise up to $3 million in donations. They deplored Russia’s “unjust attack” on the European nation and “mankind as a whole”. She said at the time that her philanthropic work should have “an immediate impact on refugee and humanitarian aid efforts.”
“We want to say a big thank you again for your continued support,” the Bad Moms and Family Guy star added Thursday. “Please don’t stop donating, whether it’s to us or any other incredible foundations out there. This is just the beginning of a very, very long journey.”
The celebrity couple worked with global logistics expert Flexport.org to organize the shipment of relief supplies to refugee camps in Ukraine’s neighboring countries of Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. They also tapped into vacation rental company Airbnb, where Kutcher was an early investor, To provide free short-term accommodation for Ukrainian refugees.
The ongoing crisis, now in its 23rd day, has displaced more than 3 million people from Ukraine. And the United Nations has counted at least 726 dead, including 52 children, since the invasion began. (UN officials acknowledge that the actual number is likely much higher.)
As of Friday morning, around 68,000 donors had contributed to the couple’s cause. Major donors – as listed on the donations page – were Oracle Corp. co-founder Larry Ellison, who donated $5 million, and venture capitalist Ron Conway’s family, who donated $2.5 million.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-03-18/mila-kunis-ashton-kutcher-ukraine-fundraiser-goal Kunis and Kutcher have surpassed the $30 million goal at a fundraiser in Ukraine