Ch. 3 partners with charity organization to collect items needed by Ukrainian refugees
HARTFORD/NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WFSB) - *UPDATE: There was an outpouring of donations on Monday. While this event is over, there are several ways to help. The Ukrainian National Home of Hartford is asking for packing boxes, ones found at Home Depot or Lowes. They are also looking for trucks to transport what has been collected to New Jersey.
People can also donate money to the United Ukrainian Relief Committee: https://www.uuarc.org.
Channel 3 is partnering with local volunteers to collect items and money to help refugees from, and the people of, Ukraine.
The organization called United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc. will be collecting items on Monday, March 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at two locations.
The locations will be the St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church’s church hall at 569 George St. in New Haven and the Ukrainian National Home of Hartford at 961 Wethersfield Ave. in Hartford.
Any cash / checks collected on site will be deposited Tuesday.
Those wanting to donate online can go to https://www.uuarc.org.
The items will be trucked to New Jersey by local truckers where they will be put on a plane to go to Warsaw, Poland. From there, the items will be taken to the Poland/Ukraine border and then dispersed to relevant Ukrainian relief organizations to help refugees on the Poland/Ukraine border and to help those in country.
Here are the items that are needed:
- Non-perishable food – BIG DEMAND / Please, no expired food
- New footwear for men/women/children
- New socks & new underwear for soldiers
- Thermal underwear
- Hygiene products (women’s products, diapers, etc.)
- Table wear (disposable)
- First aid and first aid kits (need new bottles of aspirin)
- Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags
- Standalone lamps
- Containers for liquids (canisters for water, fuel, lubricants with capacity of 10-20 liters) * Items for new mothers and newborns to include:
- Items for new mothers and newborns to include: Postpartum pads and underwear, peri bottles, perineal ice packs, manual breast pumps, blankets (including sleep sacks), bottles, diapers of all sizes, infant clothes (hats, onesies), pacifiers, travel size diaper creams, baby soap
Organizers said that people sought to donate previously worn clothing over the weekend. They said clothing is no longer needed unless they are brand new items.
They also said the big push as of Monday was for new socks, underwear, and footwear for soldiers.
Organizers also urged people to check the expiration dates on non-perishable foods they plan to donate.
The following are items that can NOT be accepted:
- Alcohol and any products with alcohol
- Perishable foods
- Compressed air and gas cylinders
- Camping stoves
- Illegal drugs
A GoFundMe page has also been set up for the organization. A link to it can be found here.
Ukrainians grateful for donations
People with loved ones still trapped in the war zone told Channel 3 that they will always be eternally grateful to the people of Connecticut.
Mass at the St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in New Haven is always important to Orysia Yanovski. Now, she said most of her prayers are pleading for peace.
Yanovski is Ukrainian and many of her family members are still stranded.
“My son is there and old people I can’t believe, [my] daughter-in-law, mother and father,” she said. “They are very old and can’t take care of themselves.”
Despite her fear Yanovski said she has hope. She was inspired by many of her friends and neighbors in Connecticut who have sent supplies and money to aid victims and refugees in Ukraine.
“People just change and [are] working very, very hard from I think 8 to 10:00 we change and pack many, many things,” Yanovski said.
More help will be on the way from generous people in the state.
After Channel 3 collects the items from its 3 Cares event, the donations will be driven to New Jersey on Tuesday, then flown to Warsaw, Poland. From there, the donations will be transported to the borders of Poland and Romania and trucked into western Ukraine. The supplies are expected to get into the hands of Ukrainians by Saturday.
Yanovski said the donations mean the world to her.
“Thank you, big thank you from everyone, all Ukrainian people,” she said. “They help us.”
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