You Said It: Help Blue Heron Foundation Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

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The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is touching hearts around the world. We at Blue Heron have been equally devastated and immediately pivoted to help the constant stream of refugees crossing the borders in Romania and Moldova. We already had a team and infrastructure in place – most importantly the ability to transfer money quickly between organizations in Romania with thorough, transparent contracts in place. And now, with your generosity during the fundraiser, we are able to give the exhausted refugees food, comfort and guidance for accommodations.

Blue Heron alumni have been transporting mothers, children, students, family pets, all of whom suddenly find themselves in a new country, with no resources. Blue Heron has partnered with two foundations that are working in four different places along the Romanian border. We also finalized contracts with organizations transporting caravans of medical supplies and other essentials to Moldova as well as to hospitals and orphanages in Kyiv.

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Will you help us as we continue to provide for these innocent people who went to bed one night as usual and woke up to find their entire world shattered and who are now desperately trying to find a place for themselves?

With deepest thanks and faith in humanity,

Stefania Magidson

President, Blue Heron Foundation

Founded in 2002, Blue Heron Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, operating in the U.S., Romania and Moldova. The foundation offers college scholarships and a mentorship program to orphaned and abandoned youth in Romania and Moldova. 

During the Ukrainian refugee crisis Blue Heron is taking an active role in helping the refugees.

100% of all donations go directly to the beneficiaries as founders cover all administrative costs.

Here are a few images showcasing Blue Heron Foundation’s efforts.

Alumnus Sergiu J., picked up family of 5 + cat at the Vama din Siret border (Romania) and transported them to a motel
Alumnus Alex I. working at a triage center, railway station in Suceava, Romania
Refugees were given sandwiches and sim cards.
Providing 40 beds and 40 mattresses to be used for “modular containers” for refugees:
Cats and dogs have not been left behind.

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Stefania Magidson

Stefania Magidson is the founder and president of Blue Heron Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian diaspora. Romanian-born, she has lived in the United States since 1983.

Stefania received a degree in Public Health from University of Utah and a Master’s in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Her work in the early ‘90’s focused on designing and implementing cardiovascular health programs for the Utah State Health Department at the Center for Disease Control.

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