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New Mexico man raises money to help families in Ukraine

A former Farmington teacher is back home after helping families in Ukraine, but it wasn’t by choice. For two weeks, David Padgett was stationed on the Polish-Ukrainian border. He is part of Task Force URE, a team of 20 American veterans. The group has accomplished several missions, from identifying sex traffickers targeting refugees to reuniting children with their families. “We gave up everything, our jobs. We took all our money. We went out there to try to do the right thing, honorable thing,” Padgett said. On March 5, he returned to New York. Mexico due to a lack of funds to support additional missions. Since leaving for the war-torn country, Padgett said he funded his trip out of pocket. The money is for his transportation, accommodation and food. “It costs money to get food in Ukraine, and it takes time. It takes gas, it takes planning,” Padgett said. “Then for extraction, if we have to get somebody out, it costs money.” For nearly a week, Padgett has spent his time raising money from several churches and businesses in his hometown of Farmington. He’s raised $1,500 so far, but he says it hasn’t been easy. Padgett hopes going back to the border with $20,000. are still thinking about it,” Padgett said. He added that the support from his community was overwhelming. Padgett’s new mission has also inspired his loved ones, including his daughter, Sarah. “He told me about what he was doing there, and I thought that was really cool. How he helped children who lost their parents and took people from Ukraine who couldn’t get over it,” Sarah said. She added that she also wanted to help people abroad. “Having him do this really made me think about the possibilities of doing good. It’s not easy to be a good person,” Sara said. “It takes work. He could have done the easy thing and stayed here without really caring, but he didn’t, so I think that was really cool.” It’s a thought that makes Padgett smile. “If we If these veterans run out of money and start coming back, it will dramatically change what is happening in Ukraine,” Padgett said. He plans to visit Kansas over the next few days, where organizations have expressed interest in donating. Padgett also hopes to raise money in Albuquerque. If you would like to help his cause, visit the URE Task Force website here.

A former Farmington teacher is back home after helping families in Ukraine, but it wasn’t by choice.

For two weeks, David Padgett was stationed on the Polish-Ukrainian border. He is part of Task Force URE, a team of 20 American veterans.

The group has accomplished several missions, from identifying sex traffickers targeting refugees to reuniting children with their families.

“We gave up everything, our jobs. We took all our money. We went out there to try to do the right honorable thing,” Padgett said.

On March 5, he returned to New Mexico due to a lack of funds to support additional missions.

Since leaving for the war-torn country, Padgett said he had funded his trip out of pocket.

The money is used for his transport, accommodation and food.

“It takes money to get supplies to Ukraine, and it takes time. It takes gas, it takes planning,” Padgett said. “Then for extraction, if we have to get someone out, it costs money to do it.”

For nearly a week, Padgett spent his time raising money from several churches and businesses in Farmington, his hometown.

He’s raised $1,500 so far, but says it hasn’t been easy.

Padgett hopes to return to the border with $20,000.

“Some companies can’t make any type of financial donation, but they have supported and some churches are still considering it,” Padgett said.

He added that the support from his community was overwhelming.

Padgett’s new mission has also inspired those close to her, including her daughter Sarah.

“He told me about what he was doing there, and I thought it was really cool. How he helped children who lost their parents and took Ukrainians who couldn’t get over it,” Sarah said.

She added that she also wanted to help people overseas.

“Him doing this really got me thinking about the possibilities of doing good. It’s not easy to be a good person. You know?” Sara said. “It takes work. He could have done the easy thing and stayed here without really caring, but he didn’t, so I think that was really cool.”

It’s a thought that makes Padgett smile.

“If we can get help from anyone who wants to help, please do so. If these veterans run out of money and start coming back, it will dramatically change what is happening in Ukraine,” Padgett said.

He plans to visit Kansas over the next few days, where organizations have expressed interest in donating.

Padgett also hopes to raise money in Albuquerque.

If you want to help his cause, go to the URE Task Force website here.