Donations urgently needed for humanitarian and medical aid for Ukraine

A video update onrelief efforts from Dr. Bryan Thatcher, founder of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), and Nurse Marie Romagnano, MSN, RN, founder of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy.

Thank you for your generosity.

We continue to need your prayers and support to help our Marians in Ukraine as they struggle to survive and rebuild, and to support the many refugees they assist with humanitarian and medical aid, both in Ukraine and in Poland.

PLEASE DONATE NOW! 100 percent of your donation goes directly to those in need through our Marian priests in Ukraine and Poland. 

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Father Andy Davy, MIC, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Plano, Illinois, reports:

Sharon Mason is the CEO of the Oliver Hoffman Foundation, which is a charitable foundation which focuses on the care of those in need. Being one of my parishioners at St Mary’s, Sharon heard that our parish was going to be supporting the Marian Helpers Center’s call for emergency aid for the suffering in Ukraine. 

Right around that time I heard about Dr. Bryan Thatcher’s incredible initiative of collecting medical supplies to ship over to Poland. Knowing that Sharon and her husband were both part of the medical community, I shared this list with her, to see if would like to help collect materials. 

Sharon is known for running with an idea. Before I knew it, she and her husband contacted the local hospitals to receive top-grade medical supplies, shopped online for all sorts of specialized equipment, and then was able through her foundation to secure an air freight container directly to Warsaw! Her charitable foundation was able to do a matching grant of $25,000, which the parishioners of St. Mary and St. Patrick parishes were able to exceed! 

The Oliver Hoffman Foundation became the deposit site (shown above) of materials parishioners were able to drop off. Eight pallets were filled! 

Finally, Sharon thought of the beautiful idea of having our St. Mary schoolchildren write letters of encouragement and prayer that would be given to Ukrainian children. 

It was so beautiful to see how Sharon desire’s to serve the hurting became a powerful catalyst to help my parish become missionaries of mercy. So many got involved and lived the message of mercy! 

Our Marian Fathers in Poland reported on Apr. 21, 2022:

The war in Ukraine continues. The actions of the hostile Russian army are wreaking havoc - especially among the civilian population. Every day defenseless residents of eastern Ukraine lose their homes and all of their lifetime possessions. Quite often, they are forced to flee. Sometimes they can escape only with a small luggage, because that's all they were able to pack when their homes were under fire.

From the first days of the war, the Association of Marian Helpers in Warsaw was engaged in providing assistance to our Eastern neighbors.

Dynamically changing situation
A dynamically changing situation at the war front determined the nature of the support. On one hand it was supposed to reach almost 3 million refugees who entered Poland since the war started. However, we did not want to forget about people who stayed in Ukraine either, particularly about internal refugees, people who left their homes in eastern Ukraine and went to the central, southern and western parts of the country. Some of these refugees simply could not afford to travel further abroad. Some just wanted to remain in their homeland but could not stay in their hometowns and their homes that often were razed to the ground. At the Marian Helpers Center we also wanted to remember the fighters and volunteers who were helping them.

Finally, we wanted to keep in hearts and minds our Marian Fathers who, despite of the constant  threat and danger, still remained at their posts, especially the priests in the besieged Kharkiv.

We also remember our priests who are serving in other places: in Khmelnytskyi, in Horodok Podilskyi, in Chernivtsi and in Mohyliv-Podilskyi. From each of these towns we regularly receive reports of increasing needs, which originate from taking care of new waves of refugees often the elderly and the sick whom Marians help.

The specific need – the specific help
In the last few days, as the war operations have shifted to the Donbass region, we sent shipments with medical aid and dressings to the conflict region. The cargo included specialized hemostatic or hydrogel dressings and hundreds of CAT tourniquets for soldiers and civilians. The shipments reached, among others places, besieged Kharkiv and Slavyansk.

We are trying to remember to include in our shipments to Ukraine all items that in any way could help our brothers in the East. So, after being provided with a reliable information about supply shortages in Kharkiv’s grocery stores, we sent bread makers there. We knew that many volunteers were ready to bake bread on the spot when having necessary ingredients. Photos with freshly baked loaves of bread have already reached our association. The situation was similar with power generators.

Undoubtedly, volunteers in eastern Ukraine play a great role in providing help. It is primarily through their assistance that our brothers can continue to distribute the aid they received from us. With them in mind, we sent a shipment with appropriate footwear to Kharkiv.

The entire world is helping
As an aid coordinating body we cooperate with many organizations that want to join humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Therefore, we started cooperation with our Marian friends from the United States: primarily the Association of Marian Helpers, Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy, Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, Project C.U.R.E., and the Hofmann Foundation. These organizations constantly supply to Ukraine pallets with specialized medical equipment through our organization.

The Order of the Knights of John Paul II is another organization that our Association started cooperation with to help Ukraine. The Order’s Ukrainian provincial, Mr. Włodzimierz Korczyński, already set out six times with transports to the front lines. Each time he also carried packages assembled by our association.

In addition, thanks to the cooperation with the Association of Veterans of the Afghanistan War in Ukraine, we donated dressings and medical supplies to the city of Sumy and to Chernihiv.

It is worth to mention that, for several weeks, we have been constantly supplying the Warsaw Puławska 20 Aid Center with essential household chemicals and food. Then the center is distributing these supplies among refugees from Ukraine who are already in Poland.

Helping refugees
We also constantly keep in mind the House of Mercy run by our brothers in Horodok Podilskyi. We sent there several dozen large pallets with all kinds of hygiene care products, dressings, and basic necessities that Marians serving there asked for.

We are supplying our other facilities in Ukraine. Packages with food, medical dressings and hygiene care products were delivered to Khmelnytskyi, Chernivtsi, Grodek and  Mohyliv-Podilskyi.

Dear Friends and Patrons, undoubtedly, this entire help, that we can provide now, is possible only thanks to YOU. Please receive our thanks and expressions of gratitude from Ukrainian refugees who are grateful for the assistance they received in the great need. May God reward you for your generosity! 

Donations are still urgently needed. 100 percent of your donation goes directly to those in need through our Marian priests in Ukraine and Poland. Thank you.



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