Suburban woman uses Airbnb booking as donation to help family in Ukraine – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A creative approach to help some of the suffering families in Ukraine. People are now paying for Airbnbs they will never stay in.

CBS 2’s Sabrina Franza spoke to a tenant in the southwest suburbs and the family in Ukraine who she rented from.

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The meeting was remarkable, filled with emotion and tears. We met a translator on Zoom.

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“For us to see people from other countries willing to donate their money, so easily, in such large amounts, is very encouraging and very inspiring.”

Bagirov Amin is alone, without his family, in Kiev. Now he has friends watching over him in a world apart.

“I wanted to do this to send funds directly to them if they could use it.”

Lenore Erickson is in Morris, 65 miles southwest of Chicago. She rented out her Airbnb property and got this response for the requested dates: “We’re not even sure we’ll be alive until then.”

She had no intention of visiting Ukraine. Only for his reservation to serve as a donation.

“It’s right there, it’s at your fingertips and you can just help anyone across the world if they need it.”

“He thanks you very much. You are superhuman.

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Amin sent his two daughters and 3-year-old son to Romania for safety.

“His son and he is young, 3 years old. It’s hard for him to explain why dad isn’t here right now. Why he can’t go to his father and why he can’t go to Romania.

As we were shooting this zoom shots rang out.

“Earlier there was fire, most likely Ukrainian artillery firing at Russian positions”

Airbnb told us this is a growing trend of giving money directly to families and removing normal fees.

“The world is watching this devastation and wondering how we can help,” said Sam Randall, Airbnb’s communications manager.

After that, these two people who have become friends intend to reconnect.

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And they are waiting for you too. everyone is waiting for everyone.

Amin told us that he uses 50% of Airbnb’s money to buy food for himself and send it to his children. The other half will finance the Ukrainian army.

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