LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For months, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has cost the lives of thousands and with no clear end in sight, those treating the wounded will need more aid. Thankfully, organizations like SOS International have continued to provide relief.
The nonprofit is preparing its third shipment of medical supplies that will be sent to Ukraine in the coming weeks. Tourniquets, arm slings, and food are just some of what will be included in the pallets.
Donations from hospitals and other nonprofits across the country make this all possible. This week, three optimist clubs from Indiana dropped off wound dressings, first aid kits, and oxygen supplies. All items that health care organizations have requested in the war-torn country.
“We received infant coffins which we are sending which just breaks my heart,” Denise Sears, President and CEO of SOS International said.
This shipment of medical supplies will be delivered to hospitals in eastern and Southern Ukraine.
“This is not just a soldier war. It’s innocent civilians and innocent children who are being impacted,” Sears said.
SOS International supports relief efforts around the globe and has been supporting relief efforts in Ukraine since fighting broke out.
“Really what Ukraine did was it’s added onto all the other work we do, which is important to know because it means we are all working that much harder,” Sears said.
As the war drags on, Sears adds people’s interest in helping is not like it was back in March and April.
“When other news occurs, we get pulled away by those headlines and yet this is still ongoing and the suffering is still ongoing,” Sears said.
Thanks to volunteers and others still wanting to help the sick and injured, this will be far from the last shipped they send out.