|Nina Ivanova Alexej Ganilin|
Not long ago, Gary Fitts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin wrote an article for the Russian-American newspaper, Novoye Rysskoye Slovo, based in New York City, about his sponsorship of two deaf children from Russia to visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Alex Beznogov, 14, and Dmitri Sibnev, 11, are students at a School for the Deaf #31 in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), Russia, were able to come to America.
According to Fitts, Dimitri was born in Azerbaijan, and his father is a colonel in the Russian artillery division. Alex's grandparents live on the Black Sea where he spends his summers.
As a rusult of an article by Fitts, a Russian immigrant now living in San Francisco donated two IBM computers to the school in St. Petersburg. The donor, Svetlana Kondreachova, owns a small business in San Francisco.
Fitts traveled to Russia for a week to present the computers to the school. One of the computer is now being used in the office of the school's director.
"I appreciate the wonderful support of all the Russian-American immigrants in this country," said Fitts. "As they start a new life in America, they do care about the country they left, especially the Deaf children. This is what makes our nation great!