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Donations from North Carolina reaching hospitals along front lines in Ukraine

April 11, 2022
Lillian Donahue, CBS17.com

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The group called Ukrainians in the Carolinas said the generosity of North Carolinians has reached people in cities across Ukraine.

Since the start of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the Triangle’s Ukrainian community has been inundated with donations. Sunday, they shipped out their third container load of medical supplies, clothing and basic needs.

“We just pray that this makes it there safely and quickly and helps people there,” organizer Olena Kozlova-Pates said. “Our last supplies went anywhere from Kyiv to Lviv to Mykolaiv to Odessa.” Pates shared photos and videos sent to her from the front lines showing previous shipments of medical supplies making it into the hands of hospitals in need.

Other Ukrainian-Americans have taken it upon themselves to deliver donated supplies to loved ones overseas, like Slava Petukhova, who recently returned after taking military supplies to western Ukraine.

“It’s all materialistic stuff. You cannot give back the streets that were destroyed,” Petukhova said. “For me, when all this started, I was watching every morning. You wake up and you’re thinking, what if my street got destroyed.”

Petukhova said what she heard and saw was “heartbreaking.” She joined dozens of other volunteers packing boxes Sunday afternoon in the Triangle. For her, and many other Ukrainians with family and friends still half a world away, the supplies mean more than just boxes. They’re a way to fight from afar for a country they love. Petukhova said she sees the same spirit of resilience in Ukrainians both in North Carolina and back at home.

“It’s like this church, everybody running around trying to figure out what to do, how they can be helpful,” Petukhova said.

Sunday’s shipment is also being coordinated with the help of North Carolina-based Beast Philanthropy.

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Who are Ukrainians in the Carolinas?

We are a network of volunteers throughout the Carolinas dedicated to assisting the people of Ukraine and promoting Ukrainian culture in the Carolinas. Our network has been operational in the Triangle for the last 8 years, ever since Russia invaded Ukraine. We have been collecting and shipping medical supplies to Ukraine, helping refugees, wounded warriors, families of perished Ukrainian heroes and orphans. We have hosted numerous cultural events and advocated for assistance to Ukraine. Since February 24, 2022, when Russia started its new phase of war in Ukraine, we have become an even stronger and larger group and welcome your support. We have media coverage, politicians’ attention, but most importantly - everybody’s willingness to help Ukraine’s brave military and citizens. We already shipped several containers of medical supplies, so generously donated to us by local supporters of Ukraine and of freedom. We also provided localized support to various cities throughout Ukraine where there was a great need for food and medical supplies.

What is your status? Are you an officially recognized charitable organization?

We have incorporated in North Carolina and are in the process of applying for a 501(c)(3) charitable status. We hope to receive it by the end of this year, and upon receipt, all donations will be granted a tax-deductible status retroactively.

Where can I send my monetary donation?

You can write a check to Ukrainians in the Carolinas or PayPal or Zelle your donation to donations.ukrainians.carolinas@gmail.com

Can I donate clothing or other goods?

At the moment, the border is overwhelmed with various humanitarian supplies from European nations, so we are focusing our efforts on securing and shipping medical supplies only.

What else can I do to help in supporting Ukraine against the Russian invasion?

Spread the word! Contact your elected representatives and ask them to provide air defense systems to Ukraine, expedite legislation to allow Ukrainian refugees into US, and secure humanitarian corridors into sieged Ukrainian cities.

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Please email us at ukrainians.carolinas@gmail.com

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