PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – More than 40 pallets of gray bins were picked up from a warehouse in Zelienople and loaded onto trucks.
The containers are filled with hygiene kits, blankets and other critical items. They will be flown to the borders of Poland and Romania on Friday in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
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Ozzy Samad, president of Brother’s Brother Foundation, told KDKA that the distribution will be carried out by Ukrainian authorities and volunteers.
“We are also very grateful for the support of the US Embassy in getting us the needs list and starting this whole process,” Samad said.
These critical items are being distributed to refugees fleeing Ukraine’s violent and deadly war with Russia.
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The response was organized by Brother’s Brother Foundation in partnership with Allegheny Health Network and the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Both helped with donations.
Greg McGuinness, director of AHN’s distribution center in Zelienople, said: “We have selected around 40 pallets worth of dressings, needles, syringes, gowns and medicines.”
Other services provided include mental health support and protection against gender-based violence against women and girls, as the conflict in Ukraine has caused emotional distress in affected communities.
The relief efforts were made possible by donations from people across the region. According to the Brother’s Brother Foundation, 100 percent of the funds received go directly to emergency relief and logistics.
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