NJ lines up to help Ukraine amid Russian military invasion
WHIPPANY — New Jerseyans, heartbroken by violent images of Ukrainian civilians being attacked by the Russian military, turned out over the weekend, donating box upon box of urgently needed supplies.
The New Jersey Ukrainian American Cultural Center in Whippany had vehicles lined up Saturday and Sunday, as part of efforts to help victims in Ukraine.
“Our donation drive this weekend more than exceeded our expectations and we are currently working to finalize the sorting, packing and shipping of goods already collected,” the center said on a website. update Monday.
Items, such as clothing, bedding, non-perishable food and camping supplies, were collected en masse and would now be cataloged by volunteers on Monday and Tuesday.
“We are very grateful for the remarkable show of support to date in providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine,” the center continued, saying it was “overwhelmed by everyone’s incredible generosity.”
The state had offered assistance with the storage and transportation of collected supplies.
“Financial assistance to help cover the cost of airfreight and the purchase of goods on the ground in Europe is badly needed,” the center continued, as the volume of donations was moved and shipped.
Website updates would soon be posted on humanitarian aid, such as medical supplies, that was still needed as Russian forces continued their aggression in Ukraine.
The center has set up a fund to collect these donations, which are tax deductible, while adding that there are “various organizations you can choose to donate to”.
15 ways to help people in Ukraine right now
As Americans watch events unfold in Ukraine, many are wondering how they can help. Below is a list of organizations responding to the crisis in Ukraine along with information on how you can support their various missions.
NJ Diners open 24/7
2021 NJ Property Taxes: See How Your City Compares
Update: Arrests in New Jersey during US Capitol riot on January 6
A year later, more than 20 people from New Jersey were charged with participating in the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol.