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Ukrainian Airbnbs booked by people around the globe as a way to donate to locals

In support of the Ukrainian people, a social media trend has people around the world booking Airbnbs in the newly war-torn country in order to provide income for the hosts and shelter for refugees as they flee the country from the Russian invasion.

An Airbnb spokesman said between March 2 and 3, over 61,000 nights in Ukrainian Airbnbs were booked by guests from around the globe in a creative campaign to funnel funds to Ukrainian citizens. More than half the nights booked during that period were booked by people from the USA.

Airbnb typically issues a payout to a host about 24 hours after a guest checks in. The social media campaign urges guests to book the Ukrainian lodgings as close to the check in date as possible in order for the hosts to be paid out quickly. 

According to NPR, the Airbnb bookings in support of Ukraine since the war started total over $2 million in aid.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: WAMU.ORG

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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