It’s always great to see public figures use their platforms to help humanitarian efforts, and that’s exactly what Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been doing. Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, along with her husband, created a GoFundMe to provide direct support to Ukrainians in need.
“Through GoFundMe, this fundraiser will provide an immediate impact on refugee and humanitarian aid efforts. The fund will benefit Flexport.org and Airbnb.org, two organizations who are actively on the ground providing immediate help to those who need it most,” the couple said in a statement last week.
Both Kunis and Kutcher committed to matching up to $3 million worth of donations to all of the above organizations, with a goal of raising $30 million total.
And those fundraising efforts have more than paid off, because just days later they are more than halfway to their goal. As of Wednesday afternoon, the couple’s GoFundMe had raised over $19 million—and they couldn’t be more thrilled.
“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,” Kunis said in a video message on Tuesday.
When Mila Kunis was just eight years old, her family immigrated from Ukraine to the United States. That doesn’t make her any less Ukrainian (or American), so the cause is near and dear to the actress’s heart.
“Today, I am a proud Ukrainian. While my family came to the United States in 1991, I was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in 1983,” Kunis said last week. “Ukrainians are proud and brave people who deserve our help in their time of need. The events that have unfolded in Ukraine are devastating. There is no place in this world for this kind of unjust attack on humanity.”
The vast majority of Ukrainian refugees are women and children, as Ukraine is encouraging all men to join the fight against Russia. Most men between the ages of 18 and 60 are banned from leaving the country, per the LA Times. According to Yahoo! News, between 80,000-100,000 people have been crossing the 300-mile border between Ukraine and Poland every day since the invasion.
“We’re going to make this happen,” Kutcher 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.”