Charleston’s Eastern European community is hosting a community drive to collect, pack and ship supplies to the people of Ukraine beginning 9 a.m. tomorrow morning at 14 Sumar St.

The donation drive is being organized by Euro Foods, an Eastern European cafe and bakery in West Ashley. Volunteers are needed to help organize and pack donated supplies to get them ready for shipping. 

“This Saturday event is really important to us,” said Euro Foods co-owner Maka Aptsiaur. “We need a lot of people to participate in this event. We’re going to need mostly nonperishable food, first aid, bedding and warm clothes.” 

A full list of requested items was shared on Euro Foods Facebook page, including cardboard boxes, foldable tables and chairs, packing tape, and other packing supplies. Items to be sent range from non-perishable food and candles to tents, mattresses, water containers and sleeping bags. 

A truck is being provided by Oleg Kulyk and his truck company Bulmaks Inc. to drive the donations to Meest-America Inc. in New Jersey. From there, the items will be shipped overseas to Ukraine. 

Euro Foods’ Facebook posts regarding the event have already gained dozens of comments from community members looking for ways to help, volunteering labor, supplies and more. 

Looking for other ways to help?

To support the Ukrainian Military directly, the National Bank of Ukraine has established a special donation account specifically to support troops and equipment purchases.

Paint Against Putin – Charleston’s Deckman Studio is hosting a fundraiser for Ukrainian relief from 6-9 p.m., March 26, with a live painting event and silent art auction.

UNICEF USA – UNICEF is supporting health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, water, sanitation and more.

Doctors Without Borders – DWB is involved in a range of activities with local volunteers, organizations, health care professionals and authorities to aid in travel to and from health care facilities.

Voices of Children – VoC is a Ukraine-based Charitable Foundation helping to provide mental health support to children. 

Red Cross – However possible, the American Red Cross is supporting the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.

International Medical Corps – IMC, a global nonprofit, has been delivering primary health care and mental health services in Eastern Ukraine for nearly a decade. It’s now raising funds to expand those services.

Water Mission – Charleston nonprofit Water Mission has sent a crew to Europe to assist displaced Ukrainian families have greater access to clean drinking water. 

This list is not exhaustive, as many other organizations are helping families caught in the conflict.