Fundraiser set for Menomonee Falls High School aide’s son in Ukraine

A fundraiser is seeking to reunite the mother of a Menomonee Falls High School employee with her son, who is stuck in Ukraine while the country’s war with Russia is ongoing.

That fundraiser on the GiveSendGo website is seeking to help Nataliya Gissibl, who works at the school as a special education assistant, bring her 19-year-old son, Nils, home.

Beth Clark, Gissibl’s stepdaughter, created the online fundraising page, which has raised $2,080 as of April 6. Gissibl is originally from Ukraine.

Clark wrote on the fundraising page that she has multiple reasons for setting up the page: to help cover the cost of long-distance phone calls, to send money to Ukraine to help them stock up on supplies, to arrange transportation for Nils to an area accepting refugees and to provide relief to Gissibl, herself, who is working four jobs.

According to the page, Gissibl works at Menomonee Falls High School and at a day care center after school. She also cleans medical clinics in the evening and picks up 12-hour shifts at Quad/Graphics when work is available on weekends.

Gissibl is working to help her pay for her son’s medical college, provide for her daughter and financially support her aunt.

Nataliya Gissibl (right) is pictured here with her son Nils.  She is trying to find a way to get Nils out of Ukraine, where he is now.

Gissibl said in a phone interview that because of the war, Nils returned from medical college in Poltava to Kharkiv, where Gissibl is from. She also said she has family members, including an aunt and nephew, who are still in the city. Ella Gissibl’s daughter, Anya, is in Menomonee Falls with her.

“I wish I could go over there and help somehow, but I don’t even know if I can fly there because right now there are no airplanes in Kharkiv. The airport is ruined completely, and nobody knows when it’s going to be fixed, said Gissib.

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