LONG BEACH, Calif. — Between February and April 2022, Ukrainian husband and wife, Maksym and Natasha, fled their hometown of Kharkiv as Russian forces invaded Ukraine. The couple made the trek to Romania, then Spain, South America and, finally, Southern California, all while carrying their 9-year-old son who has cerebral palsy. 

They say it was the kindness and generosity of strangers and volunteers that helped them along their journey to refuge in the U.S. 

Nonprofit organization, Ukraine Now has created a network of nearly 6,000 volunteers to consolidate resources for over 4,000 elderly and disabled Ukrainian refugees.