Volunteers encouraged to help load truck at Green Bay Church bound for Ukraine
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Another truck loaded with supplies from Green Bay is heading to Ukraine to help with the war effort and the refugee crisis. Organizers are also looking for volunteers as Russia continues to step up its attacks.
This is the fourth truck that the Facebook community group Wisconsin Ukrainians, Inc has sent to Ukraine. Organizers will be at St. Matthew’s Orthodox Church beginning around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“It’s been amazing,” said Jonathan Pylypiv, founder of the Wisconsin Ukrainians. “People listened to the Ukrainian voice. They have heard what we are saying because they know we are connected to our friends, family and trusted partners in Ukraine and Europe. So we adapt and ensure that our needs also adapt.
Ukrainians in Wisconsin have helped send three trucks to Ukraine since the war with Russia began, and Action 2 News has covered those efforts in Appleton and St. Matthew’s Orthodox Church in Green Bay.
Highlighting an example of the immense community support in northeastern Wisconsin for Ukrainians, Fox Valley Technical College is providing a water truck and driver on Tuesday to collect supplies donated to the Green Bay church.
“It’s a cost that’s covered by other donors and supporters, so we can stretch our dollars here even further,” Pylypiv said.
According to Ukrainians in Wisconsin, Tuesday’s truck load will be by far the largest.
Thousands of pounds of items such as boots, first aid kits, non-perishable food and eye protection have already been sent to Ukraine.
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As fighting in Ukraine has intensified, with Russia targeting civilian sites, the footage is difficult for many people to watch, especially Ukrainians living in Wisconsin.
“They want to destroy the Ukrainian people, their identity because they don’t see Ukraine as an independent nation,” Pylypiv said. “The Ukrainian people will continue to fight…to have that freedom and that independence and just be able to live free.”
Pylypiv says Ukrainians in Wisconsin are looking for volunteers to help load items onto the truck. If you’re interested, message Ukrainians in Wisconsin on Facebook and be prepared to show up at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew’s Orthodox Church at 607 Ravenswood Dr. in Green Bay.
Organizers recommend people stop donating supplies and make monetary donations instead, so the items can be purchased in Europe.
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