Here’s how you can help Ukrainians and what the Irish Red Cross warns you NOT to do

Here’s how you can help Ukrainians and what the Irish Red Cross warns you NOT to do

PICTURES of Ukrainians fleeing devastated towns and cities have moved the nation to tears. 

And as the invasion enters its seventh day, many people in Ireland are asking how they can help support those fleeing the Eastern European country.

A child from Ukraine waits for a bus going to the Netherlands, after fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine

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A child from Ukraine waits for a bus going to the Netherlands, after fleeing Russia’s invasion of UkraineCredit: Reuters
The view of a military facility which was destroyed by recent shelling in the city of Brovary outside Kyiv

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The view of a military facility which was destroyed by recent shelling in the city of Brovary outside KyivCredit: AFP or licensors

So far, Irish people have donated millions of euro and businesses and community groups are also stepping up in their droves, organising collection points for donations and fundraisers. 

The Irish Red Cross, however, has advised people against sending emergency goods to Ukraine as it can be difficult to get them into the country. 

With that in mind, here are some other practical ways you can support the people of Ukraine.

Plan International Ireland, a charity that tackles child poverty and promotes equality for girls, has launched an urgent appeal which will help them scale up relief operations to support kids, particularly girls and young women.

Irish Humanitarian aid agency GOAL is raising funds to support a team currently in the region who are helping refugees and those displaced as a result of the crisis.

The Irish Red Cross has raised more than €1.25 million in just two days to help Ukrainians.

Funds will help provide vital infrastructure, support health facilities with medicines and equipment, and support families with food and hygiene items.

However, the charity advised Irish people to not send goods to Ukraine, as it would likely put ‘pressure’ on transport systems and airports.

Instead, they are pleading for people to make cash donations which allows for “standardised emergency relief goods” to be sourced locally, it said.

The Ukrainian Embassy of Ireland in Dublin is appealing for donations for ‘logistical and medical support for Ukrainian armed forces’.

US-based charity Sunflower of Peace is providing Ukrainian soldiers, citizens, and volunteers with first aid and medical backpacks with each backpack saving “up to 10 lives”.

UNICEF Ireland has launched an urgent emergency fundraising appeal for Ukrainian children. Funds will go directly to supporting basic services including water and sanitation, immunisation and health care, schooling and learning, psychological support, and emergency cash assistance for up to 7.5 million children.

GoFundMe has launched a centralised hub for verified fundraisers looking to raise money for Ukraine. Fundraisers, which range from large aid organisations to collections for specific families in Ukraine, have all been verified.

Fight for Right, a Ukrainian charity dedicated to helping locals with disabilities, is trying to raise €100,000 to help those with disabilities flee the country. 

Depaul Ukraine, a homeless charity which also exists in Ireland, is working with displaced people and refugees. Their need for funding is currently ‘overwhelming’ as they are offering emergency shelter, advice and food to homeless people across Ukraine.

While The Irish Red Cross is urging people to donate money instead of goods, here are some collection points where you can donate supplies across the country.

Dublin: Several shipments of goods will be couriered by Green Speed to Poland and will be handed out to Ukrainian refugees crossing the border into Poland. Dublin drop-off points for donations are in Sandymount and at the Green Speed Head Office in Dublin 12.

Organisers are looking for items including sleeping bags, baby wipes, first aid bandages, pet food, batteries and toothbrushes among other items. 

Cork: Homeless Help and Support in Cork City are collecting items at their offices on Union Quay this Saturday March 5, between the hours of 10am and 4pm. They are looking for blankets, toiletries, tea coffee sugar, baby food etc. 

Galway:  Polish shop, Smakoteka in Galway City, is collecting goods including warm clothes for children, towels, blankets and hygiene supplies as well as nappies and baby food. Items need to be sealed in labelled cardboard boxes.  

Limerick: A Help for Ukraine campaign will have two more collection days at the Old Cleeve’s Factory in Limerick city, taking place today and tomorrow from 5pm to 7pm each evening.

Volunteers are calling for medical supplies only, which will be transported to the Ukrainian-Polish border and then onto the Medical Battalion Hospitals and other similar units. 

SUPPORT BUSINESSES 

Last weekend, the restaurant Allta donated 100% of their profits to the Ukrainian Embassy in Dublin and Unicef. 

Coffee roaster company, Cloud Picker, is raffling off coffee equipment, including a professional machine worth €8000 with funds going directly towards UNICEF.

They have also vowed to help Ukrainian baristas offering to pay for 2 plane tickets from anywhere in Poland to Dublin, employ them in their cafe or roastery and do everything they can to help with arrangements.

Alla’s Patisserie, which is run by a Ukrainian family in Fethard, Tipperary donated all of its profits from last weekend to Ukrainian forces. They collected €11,000 in total. 

Rascals Brewing Company in Dublin 8 will be acting as a collection point as they encourage customers in the coming days to donate what they can to the appeal.

Pippa O’Connor launched a sale on her POCO By Pippa website, with all proceeds going to Red Cross Ireland’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Spanish eatery Las Tapas de Lola in Dublin are also donating all of their proceeds made this week to the Red Cross appeal.

A woman holds a child, as people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine arrive in Vysne Nemecke, Slovakia

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A woman holds a child, as people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine arrive in Vysne Nemecke, SlovakiaCredit: Reuters

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