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Updates as of July 13
Members of our team are working alongside US military and State Department personnel to provide lifesaving assistance to the Ukrainian people. Our top priority is providing urgently needed supplies to Ukrainian soldiers and civilian volunteers on the front lines. It costs over $1,343 to outfit each Ukrainian defender with a ballistic helmet, bulletproof vest, and individual first aid kit.
We have already sent four Boeing 777 flights loaded with a total of 165 tons of assistance, including items such as kevlar vests, helmets, first aid kits, and food supplies, to Ukrainian forces. The fourth plane of assistance arrived in Ukraine over the weekend. It was carrying 50 tons of lifesaving aid — trauma kits, radios, bulletproof vests, ballistic helmets, and individual first aid kits. This 4th shipment was accompanied by a donation of nine 50-passenger buses to transport soldiers and supplies to and from the front lines, secured with funding support from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation.
Most recently, Spirit of America purchased 10 Mitsubishi trucks to help transport supplies and soldiers to the front lines and evacuate civilians and wounded. Our partners have identified a critical need for 300 more vehicles.
During their last trip to Ukraine, our Europe Regional Director, Colleen Denny, and Regional Program Manager, Matt Dimmick, had the opportunity to meet with Brigadier General Serhii Sobko, the Chief of Staff for Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Force which now has over 100,000 civilian volunteers. While meeting with our team, General Sobko offered valuable input that will help us tailor future shipments of lifesaving assistance to best meet the shifting needs of Ukrainian forces.
If you missed our third and most recent briefing on June 1, you can still watch the recording on our YouTube channel. We heard from CEO Jim Hake who was joined by Terrell Chandler, Director of Field Operations, Ruslan, our Ukrainian partner on the ground, and Matt Dimmick, Europe Regional Program Manager, who just returned from Poland after successfully delivering the fourth shipment of aid. Lisen as Matt discusses the team’s meeting with General Sobko, Chief of Staff for the Territorial Defense Force. Visit this page for answers to all of your most frequently asked questions.
Below is a recent photo from our Ukrainian partners. This Spirit of America-provided helmet saved the life of a Ukrainian soldier fighting in Velika Novosilka, a southern town near Mariupol situated between Zaporizhia and Donetsk. Your donations are saving lives in Ukraine!