Medical Supply Donation Program
Karolina and Mark traveled to Poland on May 5th-10th to bring critical medical supplies to help the people of Ukraine.
After several days, nights and early mornings of packing, 10- 50 lb boxes loaded with critical medical supplies were brought by Karolina and Yurii to Bozeman airport. URE is grateful to Michael of Delta and the agents at the counter for assisting us with baggage fees and checking us in for our flight to Salt Lake City. Karolina and Mark then connected to Amsterdam and then to Warsaw. The long journey took 19 hrs!
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At baggage claim in Warsaw, we needed help unloading and managing our cargo. A U.S. Army veteran, Paul from Oregon, who was on his way to Kviv helped us transport everything to Danai's van. Danai is URE's superstar on the ground in Poland. We provided Paul a lift to his hotel in Warsaw and wished him well. Danai then drove us 5 hrs on a warm and sunny day to Katowice where we all got a great night's sleep!
We spent all day, May 7th, shopping in various malls and stores buying children's books, food, clothing, medicines, first aid kits and additional essential items requested from the mayor of Kopychinsti, Bozeman's sister-city in Ukraine. Support for Ukraine is evident throughout Poland with Ukrainian flags waving from houses and shows of solidarity on numerous billboards. We travel to Przemysl, a city on the border, on May 8th to transfer our supplies into Ukraine.
Our drive to Przemsyl took about 4 hrs. Danai drove past beautiful countryside of lush green fields on a warm sunny day. There were small villages with narrow roads and families biking and walking on the paths. This serenity belied the chaos that existed not far away in Ukraine. Electronic highway signs flashed a phone number of a helpline for Ukrainian citizens. Numerous cars and trucks with Ukranian stickers and humanitarian signs headed towards the border. There were dozens of rapeseed fields with their yellow colored flowers which blanketed the countryside and reminded us of the Ukrainian flag.
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