As Russia continues its war on Ukraine, Spirit of America is working closely with our US and Ukrainian military partners to meet the urgent needs of Ukrainian forces defending their freedom and democracy.
Our top priority is providing lifesaving protective aid 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 delivered more than 200 tons of assistance, including on four Boeing 777 flights, to Ukraine. We have provided:
- 18,594 ballistic helmets and bulletproof vests
- 21,015 first aid kits and advanced trauma kits
- 33,000 ready-to-eat meals
- Satellite phones and other communications gear
- Winter clothing
- Pickup trucks, 50-passenger buses, and funding for the repair of military trucks
- Seed funding for a training course for civilian volunteers in the Territorial Defense Force
- Support for over 1,000 refugees in Poland, including families of Ukrainian soldiers
Our Europe Regional Director, Colleen Denny, and Regional Program Manager, Matt Dimmick, frequently travel to the region. Watch their most recent briefing from Ukraine, with CEO Jim Hake, on October 13.
The video below shows a behind-the-scenes look of our assistance in action as Colleen and Matt travel to Ukraine to meet with local partner Ruslan and to personally deliver body armor, ballistic helmets, and first aid supplies to Ukrainian soldiers.
On a recent visit to Ukraine, our team met with staff from ArmyFM, a radio station that Spirit of America funded in 2015 to meet the information needs of Ukrainain soldiers. Read how the station has stayed on the air during the war.
Spirit of America has also purchased multiple vehicles to help transport supplies and troops to the front lines and evacuate wounded soldiers, including nine 50-passenger buses thanks to funding support from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation.
Vehicles continue to be urgently needed. After seven months of heavy fighting in which Territorial Defense Force (TDF) units have served continuously along the frontlines, they have an extreme need for 4×4 and 6×6 military trucks. The TDF has identified several thousand old Ukrainian military trucks that are broken and no longer in service. They can fully rehabilitating these worn out military trucks and bring them back into service for an average cost of $3,000. Learn how you can support this truck repair program.
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!