Actors Launch Massive Ukraine Fundraiser
Actor and activist Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis have managed to do more for Ukrainians than most politicians. The pair raised more than $20 million to help care for Ukrainian soldiers during their greatest hour of need. Kutcher, the co-founder of THORN, a group dedicated to hunting down pedophiles and child victims, managed to win our hearts, again.
Kutcher and Kunis plan to match donations up to $3 million which will make a huge difference in the war-stricken nation. Especially in the conversion—one US dollar is worth about $39 in Ukraine so it's one hell of a leg up.
The lovely couple shared their excitement on Instagram:
“UPDATE!! 15 million. We are halfway to our goal. Thank you for the support!” Kutcher captioned an Instagram video he shared to his account Saturday, along with the hashtag “Stand with Ukraine.” Since the time of posting, those donations have swelled to just under $17 million.
“We just wanted to give you a quick update as to where we stand with the fundraising. We’re halfway through,” said Kunis, who was born in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi in 1983. “We’re super-excited, and we want to say thank you to each and every single one of you. It’s been an incredible past 48 hours.”
Kutcher said more than 30,000 people have contributed to the fundraiser. The money will be distributed to Flexport.org and Airbnb.org, which have both been assisting Ukrainians in need directly.
“We’re halfway there. We’re at $15 million, and we’re heading to $30. We’re going to make this happen,” he said. “There are some problems in the world that take a village to solve, and there are other problems that take the rest of the world. This is one of those other problems,” the “Punk’d” actor said.
On the fundraising description, Kunis elaborates further on why fundraising for this cause is so important to her.
“Ukrainians are proud and brave people who deserve our help in their time of need. This unjust attack on Ukraine and humanity at large is devastating and the Ukrainian people need our support,” she wrote. “Our family is starting this fund to help provide immediate support and we will be matching up to $3 million dollars. While we are witnessing the bravery of Ukrainians, we are also bearing witness to the unimaginable burden of those who have chosen safety. Countless amounts of people have left everything they know and love behind to seek refuge. With nothing but what they could carry, these Ukrainian refugees are in need of housing and supplies right away.”
The couple met while filming 'That's 70's show, back in 1991 and reconnected and married back in 2015. Their GoFundMe is still running. You can visit it here.