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Collection Drive to Support Humanitarian Aid

As a global organization, the YMCA has deep roots in Ukraine and many of the surrounding countries impacted by the conflict currently unfolding. The YMCA was present before the crisis. The YMCA is responding amid the crisis. The YMCA will be there long after the crisis. But to accelerate and amplify the role and capacity of the YMCAs in the region, and their ability to continue to serve, resources are needed. To help support the children and adults impacted by the crisis in Ukraine, the YMCA of Greater Rochester is holding a collection drive for humanitarian aid. Along with a collection drive, the YMCA of Greater Rochester is committing $10,000 in additional financial support.

“This is the YMCA spirit and mission at work,” said George Romell, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Rochester. “Being able to work together to support those who need it most – at home or abroad – goes to show the solidarity of the global YMCA network. The YMCA of Greater Rochester is proud to do our part, assisting not only the people of Ukraine, but our YMCA family so they can continue their mission of serving all during this time.”

Below is a list of items needed that can be dropped off in designated bins inside each of our YMCA branches through April 8:

  • Abdominal pad
  • Adhesive tape
  • Aluminum splint, 36”
  • Ambu bags
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Band-Aids in several sizes
  • Big Cinch Abdominal Bandage
  • Burn Aid (water gel burn dressing)
  • Butterfly Strips
  • Cervical Collar
  • CPR Mask
  • Cravat Bandage
  • Compression Bandages (Israeli Battle Dressing)
  • Elastic bandage
  • Elastic wrap (ACE bandage)
  • Emergency blanket
  • Eye Wash (Saline eye drops)
  • Gauze (pads, rolled,
  • Gels, foams, hydrocolloids, alginates, hydrogels, and polysaccharide pastes, sutures
  • Gloves
  • Medical Adhesive tape rolls (2 – 3″ inches)
  • Pain Relievers (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aspirin)
  • Pepto-Bismol pills
  • Pressure dressing
  • Safety pins (various sizes)
  • Silk medical tape roll (1” wide)
  • Tongue Depressors
  • Tourniquet
  • Trauma shears
  • Tweezers
  • Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
  • Z-fold gauze, standard 45” x 4 yards
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Winter clothes (new)

Seventeen of the 22 YMCAs in Ukraine are still actively serving their communities despite the crisis. Their volunteers have been helping with shelters for people impacted, providing refugee support and aid, as well as programs for mental health and children.

With millions of displaced people and refugees coming out of Ukraine, financial resources are critically needed at this time. If you would like to support the YMCA of the USA’s crisis response efforts in Ukraine, please click here.