Wakefield Teen helps restaurant relief efforts – NBC Boston
Horrific images and disturbing reports of the Russian invasion of Ukraine have filled the media in recent weeks.
The war sparked outrage around the world, as well as an outpouring of support. But for 14-year-old Rose Lieber of Wakefield, Massachusetts, signing a Ukrainian poster wasn’t enough.
“Just because you support them doesn’t mean talking is cheap,” she said.
Lieber felt the need to do more.
“I was talking to my mom one night, and she was like, ‘Well, I saw Rosti’s Live on Facebook that he was doing all this fundraising and giving,'” she recalled.
Rosti is Rostislav Penek, owner of Pitstop BBQ in Wakefield. He is from Ukraine and has been sending aid to his native country for years. Then came the invasion.
“And then it was the fury,” he said. “It wasn’t even hatred or anger, it was fury. Quiet fury.”
He turned that furor to soliciting donations on the restaurant’s Facebook page, and his sister is doing the same on Instagram. Lieber turned his frustration into supporting their efforts, rallying his school.
The store became a drop-off point for supplies such as trauma kits, bandages, disinfectant and earplugs for soldiers.
“It’s really hard to understand that this is actually happening in the world and it’s so horrific that’s what we have to do,” Lieber said.
Her mother, Caroline, says she knows she can’t protect Rose from what’s going on.
“We just make sure we can always talk about whatever we’ve seen and try to work through it together. So if there’s any traumatic events that she’s seen, we can discuss that,” he said. she stated.
Dr. Chase Samsel, a child psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital, says this is the right way for parents to handle this.
“I think the best strategy for parents is to really ask the kids what they think or what they fear or what worries them, and really follow their kids’ lead, and the kids will show them how point they want to know or don’t want to know or don’t want to talk about it,” he said.