Reader View: War in Ukraine — What can I do?

Ukraine refugees at the Nehemiah Center on their way to Germany. (Photo courtesy Barry Crane)

For the past three weeks, our television and computer screens have been filled with the terrible images of war in Ukraine. This week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the U.S. Congress asking for help. Many of us have been praying for a rapid and just resolution to this conflict so that human suffering may end.

We have also begun a humanitarian mission from Edmonds to help refugees in Western Ukraine on their way to the West. North Sound Church, in cooperation with Mission Dispatch, has given over $40,000 for humanitarian relief in Uzhgorod, through the Nehemiah Center there. Edmonds residents and North Sound members John and Jean Taylor have had a personal relationship with the Nehemiah Center for over 20 years. With the generosity of people in Edmonds, the Nehemiah Center is now reaching out with supplies to neighboring villages, churches, centers and sites.

If you would like to contribute to this effort, please contact North Sound Church or Mission Dispatch. All contributions will go directly to Ukraine for relief efforts.

North Sound Church 
404 Bell Street
Edmonds, WA 98020

Mission Dispatch
PO Box 641
Edmonds, WA 98020-0641
Mission Dispatch – Ukraine Crisis

— Pastor Barry Crane, North Sound Church

  1. Is there any group collecting items? Not everyone has cash to give. Over the years, I have donated fleece blankets and baby items to various charities and would like to donate again to Ukraine. If anyone knows of such a group or effort, please let me know.

  2. Ukraine has stated that non-monetary donations are not wanted. I have read 2 separate articles on this. These types of donations have a history overwhelming airports, delivery centers, storage facilities, etc and for the most part are just left in those places and then it becomes a whole other process to dispose of them. An example that was given in one article was Sandy Hook. The city of 20,000 people received over 60,000 Teddy Bears. They had no where to put them or a use for them so apparently the majority of them sadly, went to the landfill.
    That said, I am sure any Refugees that come to this area would be more than happy to have non-monetary donations

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