Local residents respond to ‘sister city’ appeal prompted by Ukrainian crisis

Plock, Poland
Plock, Poland(Staff)
Published: May. 1, 2022 at 11:03 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - An effort to generate contributions that can be used to help Ukrainian refugees in Fort Wayne’s Polish sister city has resulted in a big response.

The president of Fort Wayne Sister Cities International tells ABC21 that about $90 thousand has been raised for use in Plock, Poland -- a community greatly impacted by the flow of refugees from its war-torn neighboring nation.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, in mid-March, encouraged local residents to aid in that cause, noting that Plock is assisting Ukrainians by providing essential needs and housing to people who have fled Ukraine and are now living in Plock.

He directed those looking to help to the Fort Wayne Sister Cities web site: Those wanting to help can click the “donate” button in the menu, and add “City of Plock Refugee Fund” to the payment notes to ensure that the donation is directed to Plock.

Mary Encabo Bischoff, president of FWSCI, says she will be traveling with a delegation to Plock in the next few weeks to assess the situation there. Plock is one of five Fort Wayne “sister cities.” The two cities established that relationship in 1989.

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