Two young women from Ukraine are cheerfully greeting guests of a Lake George hotel this summer, even as their thoughts are with their friends and family in their war-ravaged homeland.
Their home city was bombed, and much of the infrastructure was destroyed, but Anna and Tanya Huzii press forward here in the United States while fearing for their loved ones in Ukraine.
They work the front desk at the Fort William Henry Hotel. They are also waitresses on the cruise ships on Lake George.
As these 24-year-old twins from Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine put in 60-hour weeks, they’re often thinking about their family back home. Their city was among the first to be bombed. Many of their friends have joined the war effort and some of them have lost their lives defending Ukraine.
When the women work the front desk, they post a small Ukrainian flag and are eager to thank Americans for supporting their country.
The young women will stay and work in Lake George until September 15, and then it’s off to tour the country before heading back to college in Slovakia to finish up their master’s degrees.
Learn about why the twins feel it’s important to stay positive by watching the video of Mark Mulholland’s story.