Alongside Ukraine: the capital region lends a hand

WATERVLIET, NY (NEWS10) – Local Ukrainian churches and businesses in the Capital Region are committed to helping Ukraine emerge from the Russian invasion.

“I hope everything will be better soon and I hope it helps,” Bogdan Oliynyk said.

As the situation continues to escalate in Ukraine, people from all walks of life are lending a helping hand and standing with Ukraine 4,500 miles away.

Oliynyk says he would give up any Friday night to help his family in Ukraine.

“It’s just good to know that people actually care about the whole situation that’s going on. Previously it was mainly the Ukrainian community together, but now everyone helps.

St Nicholas of Watervliet Ukrainian Catholic Church told News10 that they have received an update on items needed in Ukraine. Right now, medical supplies are a top priority, with many hospitals full and unable to cope with the influx of trauma patients due to lack of medical supplies. Checks can also be made payable to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Watervliet.

“It’s just hard right now to see what’s going on with these people,” Michael Fin said.

From your daily supplies to your sleeping gear to your toiletries, Finn says every item counts in saving a life.

“I’m a retired postman so I donated some boots and added a few extra pairs of boots I had left. They will be used there to fight.

St Nicholas of Watervliet Ukrainian Catholic Church plans to make its first shipment to Ukraine next week.

Here is a list of drop off locations:

Clifton Plaza Barber Shop – 1026 NY-146, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They accept donations of supplies and cash. All cash donations will go towards medical supplies.

DePaula Auto Group – all locations. Starting March 7, donation containers will be placed at the cash desks of all dealerships. They will be accepting cash donations for St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church for Humanitarian Aid.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church – 2410 4th Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189. Monday-Friday 5:00-7:00 p.m. They accept donations of cash and supplies.

Salvatore Dental – 127 Dunning St, Ballston Spa, NY, 12020. Mon-Wed, Fri 9am-4pm. They accept donations of supplies.

Svana Beauty Lounge – 95 East Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm. They accept donations of supplies.

Schools conducting supply drives (exclusive to students): Corinth Central High School – 105 Oak St, Corinth, NY 12822. They accept donations of supplies from students. Loudonville Christian School – 374 Loudon Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211. They accept donations of supplies from students.

Queensbury High School – 409 Aviation Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804. They accept donations of supplies from students. Shenendehowa High School East – 970 NY-146, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Christina Holovashchenko will be selling Ukrainian bracelets for $5 each to raise money for humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

Christi C. Elwood