7-year-old girl organizes event to send messages of love to Ukrainian refugees


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 7-year-old girl in Grand Rapids is hosting an event Sunday to show her support for the people of Ukraine.

“Ukraine is taking damage and we need to calm them down, and I just wish Russia doesn’t hurt them and that’s why I’m here,” Brooklyn Eiland said.

She came up with the idea to send messages of love to Ukrainians who were displaced due to the invasion.

Brooklyn is driven by her passion to help a country devastated by weeks of attacks. She heard about what these families were going through and was determined to bring some relief.

“I just knew people would like it, that’s why I did it and followed my heart,” she said.

Brooklyn invited friends from her community to help write cards and draw pictures of support, but they weren’t the only people she reached out to.

“She also wrote a letter to the president and vice president encouraging them to care and act thoughtfully, and she also had a conversation at her school,” Denise Kingdomgrier said. “No one is driving this. No one is feeding her words. This is what God put in her heart and she is sure of it and she is being called and we are grateful to be a part of it.

Kingdomgrier is the mobilization and renewal pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville. She helps Brooklyn and the other kids organize a rally.

“We have children who are going to be prepared to pray. We have children who are going to manage the card table,” she said.

Brooklyn thinks she’s not too young to care about this crisis and won’t let anyone stop her from pursuing her dream of doing what she can to help this country.

“Anyone who puts their heart into something they want to do can do it,” she said.

Brooklyn’s message to Ukrainians. (March 19, 2022)

Kingdomgrier is delighted to work with the young people to organize the event. She thinks they should also be empowered to look their best, no matter what their age.

“We often wait until they become adults to do things like that. But if we are attentive and watchful and good Bible readers. We realize that God uses them from a very young age and catapults them into adults,” she said.

The cards will be hand-delivered in Romania next week. This is where thousands of Ukrainians seek refuge. Brooklyn hopes parents will bring their children to send these messages of hope and peace.

“You should join us because it’s about showing love to others,” she said.

The group will write cards, pray and throw lanterns at Martin Luther King Park, located in 1200 Martin Luther King Jr. St. (formerly Franklin St.) SESunday at 6:30 p.m.


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