CHICAGO (CBS) — As war tensions rise in Ukraine, affecting many Chicagoans, a local family has received an unexpected dose of love.
CBS 2’s Steven Graves tells us about the small but powerful gesture of hope and healing.
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For the Miskewitch family, displaying one of the only Ukrainian flags on their pad is personal, as they show Chicago’s support for the war-torn country.
“So that people stick together,” Miskewitch said.
Mark, a first-generation Ukrainian-American living in Portage Park, never imagined that particular response.
“I was really overwhelmed,” Annie Miskewitch said.
Mark’s wife, Annie, came across the surprise on her porch after work Monday. A small piece of pink construction paper with a Ukrainian flag with a heart next to it.
“And the smallest name down Kaia,” said Annie Miskewitch.
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That name, from a stranger, so they checked their doorbell camera.
“That’s wonderfully cute,” he said.
A little girl caught on video in pink rushed after them. She put the artwork in front of the door, coming back to hold the hand of a woman walking a dog. The powerful message of love, from the most innocent of minds.
“Not just in his innocence, but in his understanding. That this house, this family where this flag is, needs support.
The couple have three young children of their own, struggling to grapple with death and destruction abroad.
“Obviously there is a younger generation that sees all this. I think his action just demonstrates the hope all around,” said Annie Miskewitch.
A small act of art, that is to say the world. Offer happiness in difficult times. The family said meeting this little girl would be a bonus, but they wanted to do this story to just say “thank you.”
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The family has now displayed this work of art in their window. And they said other neighbors raised flags in support.