Kansas City Ukrainian residents collect medical supplies

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Citizens of Kansas continue to come together to help support the people of Ukraine.

KC area Ukrainian resident Lidiya Gettya asks community members to donate medical and tactical supplies to send to Ukraine.

Some of the items she asks for include bandages, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, burn aids, emergency blankets, IV starter kits, drones, GPS, military boots, phones satellites and tactical backpacks.

Gettya and other Ukrainians who live in the Kansas City area started running when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began raising funds and collecting donations to send back to the country. She has helped collect hundreds of items that have already been sent.

“We can’t stop now, we just don’t have the right, every Ukrainian in Kansas City, we feel this is part of our home, this is part of our heart,” Gettya said.

Gettya said the needs of Ukrainians change from week to week. Based on conversations she has had with groups in Ukraine, there is a desperate need for medical and tactical supplies right now.

“We will continue to provide whatever they need and whatever we can,” Gettya said.

Anyone wishing to donate supplies can visit the Keep up with the Ukraine KC Facebook page.

Overland Park’s Ukrainian resident Vera Glywa is also working to help her home country. Glywa helped organize a wheelchair drive several weeks ago and collected 30 wheelchairs, 50 walkers, canes and crutches to send to Ukraine.

“It’s amazing, just amazing,” Glywa said.

She said she was blown away by the support from her community.

“The people are amazing, it’s family and friends you know and then all of a sudden people you don’t even know, they feel for the country and they’re so generous,” Glywa said.

With family members in Ukraine, the past few months have been difficult for her.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking, I watch the news and it’s just depressing, depressing to watch,” Glywa said.

Even though it’s something small, the two women say every donation makes a big difference, and they will always be grateful to Kansas City for helping their home country.

“The outpouring of support for Ukraine is just great, keep it up, and we just hope for the best,” Glywa said.

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