Residents from the community come together to support World Central Kitchen in their relief efforts

In Times of Crisis, Volunteers Risk All: A Look at the Sacrifices of World Central Kitchen Workers

For the past 30 years, Saint John’s Episcopal Church has been on a mission to provide food for those who are hungry. Rev. Laurie Garramone, who leads the church, believes that access to healthy food is a basic need that is not equally available to everyone in society.

In 2020, Garramone and her friend Cheryl McGrattan volunteered with World Central Kitchen to help feed refugees of the war in Ukraine. World Central Kitchen is an organization dedicated to providing aid to people in crisis around the world without asking too many questions. Garramone was struck by the number of volunteers from all over the world who came together to help those in need.

On April 1, seven World Central Kitchen staffers were targeted and killed in an Israeli strike in Gaza. One of the victims, Damian Soból, was someone Garramone and McGrattan had worked with while volunteering on the Ukrainian border. Garramone admires the dedication of the WCK workers who put the needs of their neighbors above their own safety.

Garramone emphasizes that when you volunteer for humanitarian causes, you never know how safe you are, whether you are in Buffalo, New York or in Ukraine. However, she believes that the importance of helping others outweighs any risks involved. The work of organizations like World Central Kitchen is vital in providing much-needed aid to those in crisis and volunteers like Garramone and McGrattan are committed to making a difference, no matter what it takes.

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