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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Caledonia woman seeks to help those in Ukraine

For Caledonia resident Amanda Davin helping out the people suffering in Ukraine was something that she was compelled to do.

“I have a co-worker, a close colleague of mine who has family in Ukraine. Some of them have gotten out and gotten to Poland but some are still in Ukraine,” said Davin.<

After speaking to her co-worker Davin said she quickly realized how much in need the people in Ukraine were.

“She had shared some information about where we could donate supplies and things. I thought it would be great if people in our community could donate some things,” said Davin.

The United Nations expects more than 4 million people to leave Ukraine in what could become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century. Many heading to nearby Poland with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

“I can’t even imagine being over there. We are so removed from that, people don’t think about it that way because we take for granted what we have,” said Davin.

In an effort to help them Davin started a collection effort but because of the shipping companies that are helping to distribute the supplies all the items have to be new and not used.

“Things like sleeping bags, socks, underwear, baby diapers, wipes, famine hygiene products, toothbrushes and there is a Ukrainian Federal Credit Union that is collecting medical supplies,” said

After collecting the donations, Davin said she will drop them off at Intervol in Rochester. InterVol began in the late 1980s when founder, Dr. Ralph Pennino, saw firsthand while doing volunteer work in developing nations that what they most desperately needed were things he was throwing away every day at the hospital: unused medical supplies and functioning medical equipment. What started as a small collection of rescued items now fills two Rochester warehouses, totaling 20,000 square feet.

“Every little bit helps,” said Davin

While she does not know any of the refugees, Davin said she does know what it is like to be a mother, who just like the people in the Ukraine would do anything for their children.

“My daughter is a type one diabetic and I imagine myself in that kind of situation and it is just heartbreaking to know that you could be a parent over there and not have what your kid needs,” said Davin.

If her donations can help even one person, Davin said it will be all worth it.

“I hope that it gets in the right hands and that it can help at least someone,” said Davin.

Anyone interested in helping out Davin with donations can contact her at amanda.a.merritt@gmail.com.

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