Medical Aid for Ukraine

Campaign Created by: Olha Smith

The funds from this campaign will be received by Olha Smith.

Raised: USD $ 6,519

My name is Olha Smith. I was born in Lviv, Ukraine and have lived in the U.S. for the last 24 years. I worked as a Critical Care Nurse in the ICU for 15 years and I now serve my community as a cardiac catheterization lab nurse, where we save lives on daily basis. My heart is breaking for the people in Ukraine and I found an opportunity to help with 100% of the donations going towards medical relief. 

At this time many people are dying, because of shelling, bombing, shooting; often because of bleeding in the extremities and lack of appropriate medical care. Simple but efficient emergency medical assistance can save lives. The funds raised here will be used for the purchase of tourniquets, that can occlude blood flow of an extremity in the event of a traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage. Purchase of tourniquets has been requested by physicians and first responders in Ukraine and will save lives. 

UPDATES

Update #5
September 12, 2022
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Update on financial portion of this campaign. 

As of August 2022, Ukrainian doctors received 5 packagers of medical supplies, valued at 9,783 dollars from our campaign. Most of the supplies have been distributed to first responders in different areas of Ukraine. Some, such as glucose testing strips were given directly to children with diabetes. 

This week we are shipping additional 2 packages of medical supplies, mainly Burnshiled dressings per request of doctors in Ukraine, to help care for burn victims.

Unfortunately, war in Ukraine continues and medical supplies are still being provided by many private citizens around the world. We appreciate your continued support.   

Update #4
September 8, 2022
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It has been a while since I updated everyone; deliveries to Ukraine continue to be extensive and prolonged process. However, all our packages arrived to Ukraine and have been dispersed to first responders. Thank you to everyone, who contributed to this mission, you definitely touch someone's life in a positive way.  At this time, as you might know, Ukrainian people are trying to take back lost parts of our country, and paying with their life for it. I received a new request from the doctors in Ukraine for a special dressings for burn victims. I am gathering recourses to fulfill this request. We appreciate any support that you can add to this cause.  

Update #3
April 4, 2022
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Another shipment of 3 more packages is on the way to Ukraine. It has items requested by medical professionals in Ukraine: 125 packs of hemostatic powder to stop bleeding; 45 LifeStraw personal water filters for people that have no access to clean water and drink out of puddles; 18 two way radios for medical staff communication, and 4 more tourniquets, that arrived after first shipment was completed. We added 53 handwritten cards from school students with statements of support and encouragement. 

Total price of supplies in these 3 packages is $4,227 and $415 shipment cost.

Total value of these shipments equals...PRICELESS, many lives saved! To all supporters of my efforts: Your generosity is part of saving someone's life and I am so grateful for you. Thank you! Because of this great need, and with your support, I'll continue my efforts!

Update #2
March 24, 2022
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Interview with doctor, who is receiving our supplies in Ukraine. Please COPY and PASTE link below. Click link function is not working and I am trying to reconcile it with givesendgo team. 

https://www.wtsp.com/video/news/nation-world/ukraine/ukrainian-woman-fundraises-for-medical-supplies-in-tampa-bay/67-2f818295-e806-4c4f-bbeb-377fb970da92

Update #1
March 20, 2022
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With generous help of American people, as of 3/18/2022, our 1st shipment is on its way to Ukraine!

Content: 127 Combat Application tourniquets - $2,760, 16 hemostatic gauze - free donation, 12 boxes of glucose test strips - free donation, and 15 handwritten notes from school students. Shipping cost - $235.15

100% of donations goes to purchase and shipment of medical supplies requested by medical professionals and unavailable for purchase in Ukraine or neighboring countries. 

I will continue these efforts since needs are great!

Thank you for your support, Olha Smith

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