JAMAICA PLAIN (CBS) — Ukrainians in the Boston area continue to worry about their loved ones in the war zone and are doing what they can to ease the suffering.
On Saturday, St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Jamaica Plain became a staging area for humanitarian aid.
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Boxes of medical supplies were sorted and grouped together.
“We have amassed medical supplies over the past few weeks to ship to Ukraine to help those in need. We are in the final stages of packing medical supplies,” said Jane Yavarow, parish president of St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Church.
Dozens of church volunteers took part in the operation. Many helpers on Saturday still have families in Ukraine trying to escape to safety. Tonya Borgyamkima says her parents, sister and nephew left the country last week after a bomb exploded in their garden.
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“It was very scary. The city has tons of shelling. They realized there was no safe place in the whole city,” Borgyamkima said.
But help is on the way, which is why these volunteers aren’t giving up.
In their hearts, all caregivers wish they could do more. But at least they know they are playing a small but important role in providing this humanitarian aid. All of these items will be shipped Saturday afternoon to those who need them most.
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“They have nothing,” Borgyamkima said. “No clothes, no medicine, no place to live. So it’s really very important. »