The situation in Ukraine continues to be terrifying to watch. Is there anything we can do here in Houston to support Ukrainians! YES!
Rina O’Malley, a member of our HCRJ community, is originally from Ukraine. Her family emigrated from there over 40 years ago. For the last 25 years, her family has operated a large investment firm in Ukraine and has an extensive network there, including many family, friends and employees caught in the middle of the crossfire. Rina’s family also has an established non-profit that’s been operating in the country for many years — DAAR Charitable Foundation – and the foundation is being mobilized to provide immediate humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Right now, the foundation is supporting the needs of the Ukrainian people remaining in the country currently in conflict zones. The goal: To help them survive. DAAR Charitable Foundation is partnering with a number of organizations to provide shipments of medical supplies and medicines and is working to get that aid into the country. One of those partners, Medical Bridges, is located here in Houston. Medical Bridges receives donated medical supplies from the Texas Medical Center and other hospital systems to distribute to people in need around the globe. Medical Bridges is preparing a shipment for Ukrainians in need and is looking for volunteers to help sort and pack the supplies for shipment.
All volunteers must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. This project is for ages 15+. Medical Bridges is located at 2706 Magnet Street, Houston, TX 77054.
Volunteer shifts are available on Monday and Wednesday mornings and afternoons through March 30th. Sign up to volunteer here.
To read more about DAAR Charitable Foundation and its efforts to support Ukraine, please click here.