Lake Placid’s unofficial Ukrainian ambassador continues relief work

USA Luge Marketing Manager Dmitry Feld stand outside his office building on Church Street, Lake Placid, on Monday, Feb. 28. (News photo — Andy Flynn)

Lake Placid’s unofficial Ukrainian ambassador — Dmitry Feld — continues to show his true colors, not just the blue and gold of Ukraine’s flag but his unending devotion to the people of his native country as it’s currently being torn apart by the Russian military.

Five years ago, Feld was named the Lake Placid-North Elba Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. Committee members who chose him cited his volunteer service with numerous nonprofit groups and boards, an outstanding commitment to the community and beyond, and his work to improve the lives of others. His leadership with the Shipman Youth Center is just one cause.

There has to be a special award Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy can give Ukrainian expatriates working to provide relief to citizens of their home country who are suffering during this unnecessary war. If that happens, we hope Dmitry Feld — the marketing manager of USA Luge — is at the top of the list.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in late February, Feld has organized a number of fundraising efforts and supply drives for relief. As of a couple of weeks ago, he had sent at least eight shipping trucks with 200,000 pounds of supplies to people fleeing and fighting for freedom in Ukraine. More shipments will be sent soon. He recently partnered with the Lake Placid Central School District and two Ukrainian brothers from “Dancing with the Stars” to send non-perishable foods and supplies to one warehouse in Poland and two warehouses in Ukraine. LPCSD Superintendent Timothy Seymour rallied support from BOCES and the school districts in Keene and Long Lake. The recent drive included medical items, items for soldiers, child care items, non-perishable food items, hygiene products and clothing. Feld has even partnered with police departments to donate tactical gear for Ukrainian forces.

Feld’s enthusiasm is infectious. He’s the reason we have Ukraine flags attached to flagpoles along Main Street, Lake Placid. Those who want to help can contact him at USA Luge at 518-523-2071.