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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – A group of women at a Tennessee assisted-living facility are helping to provide comfort to Ukrainian children who have had to flee their homes amid the ongoing Russian invasion of their country.

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In a March 25 Facebook post, Morning Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care in Brentwood said residents were making teddy bears for Brentwood Hills Church of Christ’s “Love Bears” program, which provides grieving children with handmade stuffed animals, “when a wonderful idea was brought forth – sending the bears over to Ukrainian refugees.”

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“Gifts like these help spread love and hope to those who are suffering, and Morning Pointe of Brentwood residents plan on making more bears each week to send to Ukraine,” the facility captioned snapshots of the women.

Morning Pointe resident Pat White told WZTV that “we can’t imagine” the challenges Ukrainian children have been facing since Russian troops invaded the country Feb. 24.

“I hope it will make them feel happy and secure to hold these at night,” added Morine Vaese, according to the TV station.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees reported Thursday that more than 4.1 million refugees have left Ukraine since the fighting began. More than 2.38 million – about 58% – of those people fled to neighboring Poland, the agency said.

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