The war in Ukraine is causing the fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II. As of mid-March, over 2.5 million people have fled the country and another nearly 20 million are thought to be displaced within the country. Aid agencies are struggling to access cities such as Mariupol and Kharkiv, where ongoing fighting and landmines have prevented civilians from leaving. Food, water, and medicines are desperately needed in these and many other areas of Ukraine where countless men, women, and children have sustained war-related injuries.
On Thursday, March 10, several members of the Diocesan Commission on World Mission Engagement participated in a Zoom conference call along with over 70 other faith organizations and service providers, all of whom are focused on delivering aid to the Ukrainian people. The call was facilitated by Blessings International. All 70 organizations agreed that at this time, medicines and surgical supplies were the most needed area of assistance.
Blessings International's Ukraine Assistance fund has been established specifically to send medications and medical supplies directly to two Blessing teams in Ukraine. They are in a position to receive and deploy these medications quickly to areas in most need.
The people of Ukraine need our help in accessing medical care for war-inflicted injuries. Please consider donating to the Blessings International Ukraine Disaster Fund.
Checks should be made out to Blessings International [with Ukraine Medications on the memo line]. They should be mailed to The Rev. Clelia Pinza-Garrity, St. Simon's Church, 28 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Ft. Walton Beach 32548.
All checks will be bundled on a weekly basis and sent via post to the Blessings International executive director, Barry Ewy.
In advance, and on behalf of the Commission on World Mission Engagement,