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Carle Illinois students have started a Ukrainian Refugee Relief Project

A group of med students from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine are organizing a collection of supplies for Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Two of the project leaders have a personal connection to the country:

Kaden Rawson volunteered and taught English in Russia for two years, and assisted Ukrainian refugees displaced from Donetsk. Michael Pozin is of Ukrainian heritage — his family immigrated from Kyiv before the fall of the Soviet Union.

They are working with Global Empowerment Mission to get supplies to Poland and Ukraine, and they are asking the community to contribute needed items March 5-19. On March 5th, from 12 to 5 p.m., they will collecting at the Alma Mater. After that, folks can donate at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine Medical Sciences Building located at 506 S. Mathews Avenue.

Here are the requested items. They are not taking monetary donations, but encourage people who would like to donate money to do so with the International Red Cross Committee, Ukraine Crisis donation page, and the Ukrainian Government.

Baby Supplies
Food (no glass jars)
Diapers
Cereals
Baby bottles
Wipes
Non-perishable foods
Canned meats
Canned vegetables
Canned fruits
Ramen noodles
Cereals
Microwavable, non-freezer foods
Oatmeal
Grits
Protein bars
Can openers
Hygiene items
Shampoo
Conditioner
Razors
Shaving cream
Deodorant
Moisturizers
Personal supplies
Backpacks
Suitcase
Medical supplies
Over-the-counter:
Advil (Ibuprofen), Tylenol (Acetaminophen), aspirin, cold and flu, etc.
Survival Kits
Blankets
Sleeping bags
Tents
Solar chargers
Emergency whistles
Emergency horns
Elbow and knee pads
Bull horn
Camping stove
Fire starter material
Bungee cords
Headlamps
Helmets
Eye protection

You can read more about the project at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine website.

Top photo from Global Empowerment Mission website.

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