TOWNSHIP OF RIDLEY – Holy Myrrh Bearers Ukrainian Catholic Church, 900 Fairview Road, Township of Ridley, is collecting items to be airlifted to select countries in Eastern Europe to meet the humanitarian needs of Ukrainian war refugees during the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Items can be dropped off at the local church, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
“These items will go directly to the residents of Ukraine,” said Myron Shegda, a longtime member of Holy Myrrh Bearers Church, who volunteers with the collection effort. “There is no middleman here. These donations go directly to those in need.
Under the direction of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, the items will be transported weekly to Newark, Delaware, and loaded onto flights to western Ukraine, as well as to Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, neighboring countries now filling with Ukrainian war refugees.
The first supply flight will take off from Delaware on Saturday, March 5. Holy Myrrh Bearers volunteers will bring the first wave of donations received this week to the Newark, Delaware drop-off site on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Necessary items include personal hygiene items like deodorant, soap, shampoo, towels, blankets, household cleaners, laundry detergent, dish soap, over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin and acetaminophen and other first aid items, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shipping boxes, new pillows, feminine products, non-perishables and other convenience items. Hats, scarves, gloves, thermal underwear and socks are also collected. Clothing for men, women and children will be accepted, only if they are new because there is no way to clean them. Absolutely no military items will be accepted.
“Most of the refugees had to leave their homes with very few items,” Shegda said. “When donating, think about the things a person would need to settle in.”
Cash donations are also welcome. Checks can be made payable to Holy Myrrh Bearers Church, with “Ukrainian Fund” in the subject line. Holy Myrrh Bearers pastor Rev. Dan Troyan will forward all monetary donations to the Ukrainian Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The funds will go to Caritas, an international confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations operating in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.
In addition to donations, volunteers are needed at the church to sort and pack collected items for transport.
Collection will continue after Saturday, as long as needed, and donations will be put on subsequent flights. Shegda said flights would depart daily with donations from Newark.
For more information or to volunteer in the effort, stop by the church, email Reverend Dan Troyan at [email protected] or call the church office at 610 -544-1215.