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Sat Mar 5, 2022, 10:16 AM

People around the world are booking Airbnbs in Ukraine. They don't plan to check in

(CNN) Volodymyr Bondarenko spends most of his day holed up in his apartment in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Between listening for air-raid sirens and frantically messaging family for updates, he trades messages with a flurry of Airbnb guests booking his one-bedroom rental in the heart of Ukraine's capital. Sometimes, he sends a crying emoji. Other times, the praying hands emoji. It's his way of thanking those who are booking his apartment -- even though they have no intention of ever showing up at his door.

Airbnb hosts in Ukraine are being flooded with bookings from people all over the world who have no plans to visit. It's part of a creative social media campaign to funnel money to besieged Ukrainians who need financial assistance as Russian forces bombard their country and cut off services.

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People are leaving messages of support for their Ukrainian hosts. The call for guests to book Airbnbs in Ukraine started online, where supporters urged people to book rooms as close to a check-in date as possible to ensure hosts receive fees quickly. Airbnb typically issues a payout about 24 hours after a guest checks in.

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In her booking, Daniel included a message for the host:
"I hope that you, and your lovely apartment, are safe and that this horrible war is over ... and Ukraine is safe," it said. "I will come and see you one day, please count on it, and will stay with you when we visit. God bless you and God be with you, your city, your country."
Her host, Olga Zviryanskaya, soon responded.
"We will be glad to see you in the peaceful city of Kyiv and hug," she said.

Read More: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/ukraine-airbnb-donations-cec/index.html

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FM123 Mar 2022 OP
Kittycatkat Mar 2022 #1
Arkansas Granny Mar 2022 #2
KPN Mar 2022 #3
Arkansas Granny Mar 2022 #4
FakeNoose Mar 2022 #5
tavernier Mar 2022 #6
BlueIdaho Mar 2022 #7
IronLionZion Mar 2022 #8
Delphinus Mar 2022 #9
DanieRains Mar 2022 #10
Takket Mar 2022 #11

Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 10:21 AM

1. It's beautiful to see people finding creative ways to love

and support each other in this modern world where it's too often the oppposite.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 10:57 AM

2. I wish I could do something like that, but I can't. However, I can send

a small donation from time to time to someone who can make a difference, like World Central Kitchen and others.

BTW, I'll be planting sunflowers this year. 🌻🌻🌻

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 11:04 AM

3. On the news last night, I heard a person who had

booked Airbnb’s for Ukrainians in need of shelter say the rental was $7 per night. Also, Airbnb released a statement that they were dropping all corporate fees for Ikrainian rentals.

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Response to KPN (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 11:26 AM

4. I didn't know that. Thanks for the info.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 11:57 AM

5. I hope the funds are actually received in Ukraine

I'm not sure how the transfers work, but I'd guess the Visa Credit Card system is involved. (?) I'm hoping that the international banking system supports it, otherwise the donations/bookings might never arrive for those who need them most. This is a good way to help family and friends who are trapped in Ukraine right now.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 12:07 PM

6. Airbnb has a booking and/or donation website

for Ukraine refugees. I just donated via credit card.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 12:23 PM

7. This is genius - thanks for the heads up!

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 01:01 PM

9. Thank you

Will share.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 01:20 PM

10. Just rented a room downtown Kiev for 3 nights.

 

$43.

Message said use the money stay safe.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sat Mar 5, 2022, 01:26 PM

11. at the risk of drawing ire... please don't do this.

You don't know who is making those listings. A Russian troll could be listing these offers as easily as an actual Ukrainian. Or it could be some rich property owning Ukrainian who fled the country weeks ago and is on a beach sipping mai tais.

Please donate to vetted and well known relief organizations like UNICEF and the Red Cross so they can put the money to use immediately helping the refugees and victims.

Thank you.

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