Report – Help Us Survive the Winter

The House of Ukraine’s campaign Help Us Survive the Winter successfully filled an entire 40 foot container with cold weather gear to help Ukrainians survive the next few months.  Generous donations of warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, medicine for adults and babies, food, flashlights and even generators and heaters were gathered, sorted, packed in boxes and loaded by a dedicated group of volunteers. An unusual San Diego rainstorm didn’t  stop the volunteers, even though they were all soaked from top to bottom as they worked to compete the project on time. A total of over 700 boxes, 20,000 pounds, of critical supplies were loaded onto the container on November 7, which is due to arrive in Lviv in January. Our generous donors brought us lots of winter clothes, blankets, diapers, baby formula, cold medication, sleeping bags, stretchers, flannel sheets, flashlights, powerbans, batteries, candles and so many other important items to help Ukrainians to get through the winter. We even got a couple of generators donated! All the items were gathered, sorted, packed in boxes and loaded by a dedicated group of volunteers. An unusual San Diego rainstorm didn’t  stop the day before the departure of the container didn’t stop the volunteers. Even though everyone was soaked from top to bottom as they worked to complete the project, the container got filled and was able to depart on time. A total of over 850 boxes, 20,000 pounds of critical supplies are due to arrive in Lviv sometime in January.

Material donations were generous but monetary donations for this campaign were limited. We are still fundraising to cover the shipping cost of this container, which will be around $8,000 when delivered to its final destination