Ukrainian church seeking cash donations and medical supplies

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church has a growing pile of donated used clothing in the back of its communion hall.

Clothing will be put to good use, according to Church President Sohpia Torcivia. But what the church really wants right now is medicine, money, and gun cases, if you have them.

“These are still needed,” Torcivia said.

St. Mary’s has been collecting donations to help Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in February. Now they really try to focus on certain elements.

Torcivia said a partner that helps move donated items to Ukraine isn’t even accepting used clothes anymore.

Their needs, she said, are mainly cash and medical supplies, such as bandages and iodine. They will also be happy to take all used body armor, belts and male underwear.

Cash donations, Torcivia said, will pay to ship medical supplies and other items.

Past church president Jim Harasymiw helped with St. Mary’s giving campaign.

He has been coming to church since 1953, when he was only eight years old. His family fled Ukraine during World War II, first to Germany, then to Milwaukee.

Once a refugee, he now tries to give back to his native Ukraine.

“I feel like crying. You know, I’m watching TV and the Russians are grabbing prisoners, Ukrainian prisoners and shooting them,” Harasymiw said. “And it’s like it could have been my family.”

If you have used clothes you’d like to donate to St. Mary’s, go ahead. Torcivia said he’ll be going to a local shelter, or they might have some sort of garage sale soon when the weather warms up.

All of the items will be free, though she said a donation of a dollar or two would go a long way in shipping more items to people in need in Ukraine.

You can find out how to donate by visiting the Facebook page.

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