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Agawam boy using artistic skills to support people of Ukraine

An eight-year-old boy is using his artistic skills to raise money for those in need in Ukraine.
Published: Mar. 11, 2022 at 2:38 PM EST
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AGAWAM, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - An eight-year-old boy is using his artistic skills to raise money for those in need in Ukraine.

Meet Kifa Privedenyuk from Agawam whose passion for making art and he’s using his wood burning skills to help those in Ukraine.

“I heard that Ukraine has a war right now and we have family in it right now, so I wanted to help them,” Privedenyuk said.

His mom came to the U.S. from Ukraine in 2001 and still has several family members living in the war-torn country, which is what inspired her son to give back.

Privedenyuk began selling each piece of art for $5 and reached $850 in just one week. While most of his sales take place in western Massachusetts, some order requests have come from thousands of miles away.

“Some people in Hawaii and cousins and friends bought them mostly,” Privedenyuk added.

The money raised will go towards purchasing food and supplies for Ukrainians trying to escape to safety.

“Me and my mom are going to go to Costco and buy food and send it to the border of Poland,” Privedenyuk said.

Privedenyuk told Western Mass News that wood burning is a fun task for him and he has perfected his skill to take just minutes to complete a creation. One of his most popular requests is the Ukrainian symbol for freedom.

“People tell me what to do and I sell them to them. We have this picture of six designs and they pick one and I just do it and give it…I’m planning to stop when I raise $1,000,” Privedenyuk explained.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of Privedenyuk’s designs, you can learn more here.