Special Friday Edition

The movies entertain us. Sometimes they teach us. Sometimes they remind us of important lessons. Sometimes they inspire us.

Watch this clip from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (the first one, if you’re counting). It’s the beginning of the coming of age of young Luke Skywalker, where he starts to learn of the obligations he has to others.


“This is our most desperate hour,” Princess Leia says. “Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” When Luke pushes back against accompanying Obi-wan to help the princess, Obi-wan says to Luke, “I need your help, Luke. She needs your help.”

And that was reason enough

Now imagine that you are Luke Skywalker and that the little Ukrainian refugee girl on the left or that crying boy on the right walking to Poland are Princess Leia. This is their most desperate hour.

They need your help.

This is not about politics or confrontation or nations or any other distraction. This is about that little girl and that little boy and all the Ukrainian girls and boys and infants, babies, children, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers – all the people sleeping in cold basements without food or water.

Go here, or here or scroll through the slides on this New York Times page to find various agencies helping these suffering people. Check them all out here.

For all of these refugees, this is their most desperate hour and they need our help.

And that is reason enough.


The days are dwindling for us to take action. Get up! Do something to make things better.

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2 Responses to Special Friday Edition
  1. Edward Kant Reply

    FWIW, I have found a small lapel pin of a Ukrainian flag that I now wear on all my shirts (with or without lapels …).

    My grandparents were from either Latvia or Lithuania (we are not certain, but we believe they and their families were born in that region).

    I am also familiar with some of the charities you referenced and have made a few donations. I try to encourage my friends and family to do the same. Help can be as simple as a small food box to a starving person.

  2. Jim Altschuler Reply

    Were your parents or grandparents or great ggrandparents from anywhere in what used to be the Soviet influence? Do you know why they left?

    You appreciate all the things we have in the U.S. That should be reason enough to help these men, women and children want the same including and especially safety.