Man moves Ukrainian family into Hollywood Beach apartment – ​​WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

HOLLYWOOD, FL. (WSVN) – A family that left their war-torn homeland will now call South Florida “home sweet home.” A mother and her two daughters fled Ukraine and now have their own home here in South Florida.

Olga Sadretdinov and her two daughters touched the warm water and sand of their new home in Hollywood Beach.

Their home in Mariupol, Ukriane is now destroyed. They spent four weeks hiding in a basement with no food, water or heating.

Russian troops were taking them to a filtration camp when they managed to escape and make it to Poland, then Mexico and finally the United States just days before Mother’s Day.

4Ever Young in Fort Lauderdale treated Olga to a spa day and that’s when Frank Willenborg saw their story on 7News.

“I was devastated,” Willenborg said. “I saw them, I saw the photo of the mother and her two children. They simply had nothing.

On Tuesday, he moved them from their one-bedroom studio in Lauderdale Lakes to his empty apartment in Hollywood Beach.

“I said, I have a house and somebody needs a house, and I just can’t let it go empty,” Willenborg said.

For the first time since fleeing their homeland, Olga and her daughters felt the familiar feeling of being at home.

“It’s a reminder of our home,” said a translator.

They each have a bed, running water and Vavara, 8, starts third grade on Wednesday.

“Great elementary school,” Varvara said through a translator.

South Florida has been very generous with the family before, and the GoFundMe for them has continued to grow.

Now all Olga and her daughter want is to be part of the community and find a job.

“We want to be useful for this country and we want to work,” Oryna said through a translator.

For now, although their Ukrainian home is in ruins and unrecognizable, they are still proud to call it home.

“Our city has the Russian flag, but that doesn’t mean anything. It was Ukraine and it is still Ukraine,” Oryna said through a translator.

Now South Florida has become their new home, and that’s all they could ask for.

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