KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., last week hosted a pre-Independence Day celebration marking its one-year anniversary of welcoming about 60 Ukrainian refugees to its summer camp.
The program featured the singing of the Israeli national anthem by the Fargenign Choir, which consists of many Holocaust survivors, and a rendition of God Bless America by the Ukrainian children.
State Rep. Martina White presented KleinLife with a citation for the “remarkable” work it does.
In the last year, KleinLife has assisted refugees in areas such as housing, employment, food, clothing and language.
The children have participated in the center’s before- and after-school programs that included hot meals and educational counseling and tutoring. They are now enrolled for free in its summer camp, which includes counselors, hot meals, swimming, robotics, gym time, theater shows, arts and crafts and art therapy.
“It’s been a labor of love, and I’m happy we could do it,” said Andre Krug, KleinLife’s Ukraine-born president and CEO.
Krug estimates that 10,000 Ukrainians have come to Philadelphia since the start of the war with Russia.
To make a donation to assist the Ukrainian refugees, go to https://kleinlife.org/growhope/. ••