Medical supply plane en route from Washington to Ukraine
A cargo plane loaded with 32 tons of medical supplies left Seattle-Tacoma airport this week for Ukraine. The donated shipment is worth $3.5 million and approximately $100,000 came from Clark County.
Humanitarian assistance was coordinated by the nonprofit organizations Nova Ukraine, the Ukrainian Student Association of Stanford, the Ukrainian Association of Washington State, and the Ukrainian American Cultural Association of Oregon and South -western Washington, among others.
Ukraine’s Honorary Consulate in Seattle, Governor Jay Inslee’s office and the Port of Seattle also helped organize the effort.
The Ukrainian Association of Washington State and the Ukrainian-American Cultural Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington have collected donations over the past month to load the plane with supplies. Both organizations collected supplies from Portland-based international medical and nonprofit medical teams. They also collected, sorted and inventoried donations from hospitals such as Evergreen Health Medical Center and Overlake Medical Center.
The Ukrainian American Cultural Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington received a $10,000 donation from Vancouver’s Riverview Community Bank, a $50,000 donation from Camas investor and philanthropist David Nierenberg, and several donations from Ukrainian churches of Clark County such as the Ukrainian Baptist Church and Church of Christ the Savior, both of which raised small community donations for the organization.
Riverview Community Bank also provided additional donations collected from donation boxes set up at several Riverview Community Bank locations.
The supplies these donations have helped purchase include surgical supplies, medical machinery, general hospital supplies and more. When the plane lands in Eastern Europe, the supplies will be distributed to hospitals across Ukraine.
“We have been overwhelmed with support from domestic and foreign donors,” said Liliya Kovalenko, president of the Ukrainian Association of Washington State, who is currently in Poland helping distribute supplies across Ukraine. . “People from all walks of life responded with fervor to the call to action. Without the support of this community, none of this would be possible.
On Monday, representatives from the organizations that coordinated the aid traveled to Seattle for a ceremony at the Seattle-Tacoma airport, where several community leaders spoke about ongoing relief efforts across the Northwest.
“Once again, Washingtonians are stepping in to serve as a beacon of hope and support in the fight for freedom and democracy,” Governor Jay Inslee said at the event. “The world has been inspired by the resilience and determination of the Ukrainian people, and we stand with them and are taking action, but we can strengthen their efforts.”
Local organizations do not plan to slow down now that the cargo plane is heading for Ukraine.
“The goal is to fill another plane,” said Alex Moskal, a Vancouver resident, Riverview Community Bank employee and vice president of the Ukrainian-American Cultural Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. . “It’s our priority, because we see firsthand what people need in Ukraine.”