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Community rallies to help man return to Bulgaria

By Carolyn Risner

Lubcho Michevski is not as alone as he thinks he is.

Less than 24 hours after my column about his desire to return to his native Bulgaria appeared April 2, calls, e-mails, letters and money started showering my office at the Chiefland Citizen.

The people of Levy County and the surrounding area, in fact, the world, felt compassion and many stepped up to the plate offering any help they could.

Except for making notes and gathering the resources I’ve been offered to help Lubcho achieve his dream, nothing concrete has been done–yet, but we are well on our way to extending the hand of human kindness to a man whose heart is broken and his spirit is lagging.

Offers of cash were the first to come in. Some people dropped by with $10, $20–whatever they could sacrifice.

Together these small amounts of money add up and an account earmarked for airfare will soon be established at a local bank. One couple on a fixed income vowed that while they were by no means wealthy they wanted to pledge $100.

One woman, also reared in a communist country, dropped in to chat. She knew exactly how Lubcho feels. Once her husband dies, she says she will be in the same predictament. She was brushing up on her Bulgarian geography and the Cyrillic alphabet so she could write him and offer aid.

Another woman said she was shopping in Gainesville and noticed a heavy accent from her sales clerk. She asked where she was from and discovered Bulgaria. As the woman relayed Lubcho’s story, the sales clerk offered to introduce him to the Russian community in Gainesville and serve as a translator when needed.

A local funeral director has offered help with the exhumation and Sen. Leonard Bembry’s office has asked to be involved when the time comes.

Today I discovered that President Obama’s office has been notified, as well as that of Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite.

For those of us who care, who want to help, who need to do something, this is a journey that has just begun.

It is not and endeavor for one to undertake, but rather journey that has just begun.

It is not an endeavor for one person to undertake, but is indeed something the community must tackle to help one of us who is hurting and needs a hand up.

Over the next few weeks, I will keep you posted to our progress and in the meantime, if you want to help, it will be welcomed. There is still much to do before a plan can even be implemented, but I know this is not an impossible task.

If you want to help or have suggestions, contact me at 493-4796 or via e-mail at editor@chieflandcitizen.com.

Today we are two weeks closer to helping heal a broken heart. Where will we be in two months?