Volunteers from Empact Northwest return from Ukraine

Empact Northwest’s James Millard and Aaron Franklin helped source and deliver more than £10,000 of food, relief supplies and trauma kits.

KINGSTON, Wash. — Volunteers from a Kingston-based nonprofit organization returned to the region after a two-week mission to distribute relief supplies in Ukraine.

Empact Northwest’s James Millard and Aaron Franklin helped source and deliver more than £10,000 of food, relief supplies and trauma kits for people displaced by the Russian invasion.

The technicians were in Lemberg, Bucha, Sheyni and the surrounding area.

Empact Northwest has raised funds to support relief efforts. They bought products in Ukraine to further support the local economy.

“We are 100 percent donation based and we still have partners over there who are continuing the relief efforts. We have the resources, we have the skills, we have the people. We just have to get the money flowing and draw attention to the issue,” Millard said.

Millard and Franklin said attention is usually focused on areas of Ukraine currently under attack, but there is concern many will be forgotten.

“They need basic necessities — food, clothing, and even things like tarps for the houses that have had their roofs torn off,” Franklin said.

The volunteers said a Ukrainian woman in her 80s invited them to her house during their stay to see what was left.

“The roof was gone and so was their livelihood,” Franklin said.

Rocket attacks destroyed much of her home and soldiers destroyed her roadside flower stand and garden.

“These are people who started out poor. You’ve lost everything now and nothing more,” Millard said.

Relief efforts by Empact’s partners are continuing, they said.

Millard and Franklin said it’s important that out of sight isn’t out of mind.

“Right now we really need the injection of donor funds to get actively involved in helping as many people as possible by keeping this mission going,” they said.

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