LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas local Mark Davis is an orphan operator and founding director of Abundance International. Davis believed there was only a small chance the Russian army would attack his native home in Mykolaiv, but he was wrong.
Russia shelled his city and many others for more than a month threatening the thousands of Ukrainian orphans he swore to protect.
"You know when there's something you can't even imagine having come into your conscience as being a possibility," Davis said. "It's hard to imagine the evil that we're truly seeing."
Davis shared horrifying images of shattered windows from his largest orphanage in Mykolaiv that was bombed on Monday. The bomb shells landed in what used to be the kid's playground.
Thankfully, the orphanage was evacuated.
At another orphanage, kids with special needs lay in beds and cribs with little chance of escape from the country.
Davis through his efforts to expand aid since the start of the war has grown Abundance International's reach from three orphanages to more than 20 across the country, including Russian controlled territory.
"For one of the main orphanages, we helped rebuild everything," he said. "The roof, heating system, electrical and medicine supplies. The people we love there, they have now gone dark."
Davis said the roughly $512,000 he raised through Abundance International has helped him buy supplies, food, water and medical supplies in relatively safe regions of the country. He also delivers supplies to desperate shelters.
"Knocking on doors and saying, 'what do you guys need?' And them saying, 'can you do this?' We say, 'yes, we can'," he said. "That's because of the hearts and love of you, all in America."
Davis said the ability to expand his network of aid to more than 20 orphanages has been good progress, but with 146 facilities across the country, he was afraid the aid would be woefully short.
Davis called on people to visit Abundance International's website to help.