Ukraine Series: How To Help Ukraine and Its Refugees

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updated on 4 March 2022, 3:45 PM GMT

As a general rule, I try not to make anything political or world events-related part of what Star Mountain Design does.  But on every level, it’s impossible to turn a blind eye to what is happening in Ukraine and the plight of the Ukrainian people as Russia’s powers (we realise many of its citizens are against this invasion) inflict war on them. We need to help Ukraine.

On a more personal level, my great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and great-great-grandfather were all born in Berdichiv, Ukraine.  This hits a little closer to home.

As I don’t have another blog, I’m sharing this list of ways of how to help Ukraine in their crisis on here, from how to provide financial aid to where and how to donate items for the refugees who will coming into the UK.

 

List begins below:

Providing financial aid to Ukraine’s Armed Forces – this link is being shared across Ukrainian nationals, at home and abroad

National Bank of Ukraine

 

Ukrainian donation sites that are being shared among the Ukrainian population abroad:

The Woolf Trust

Revived Soliders Ukraine

With Ukraine

 

A Facebook Fundraiser:

United Help Ukraine

 

And then more well-known charities:

British Red Cross- Ukraine Crisis Appeal

UNICEF- Protect Children in Ukraine

KidSave -Urgent Crisis in Ukraine

UNHCR – UN Refugee Agency

 

Jewish Organisations:

Hatzalah Ukraine

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine

World Union for Progressive Judaism – Ukraine Crisis Fund

World Jewish Relief- Ukraine Crisis Appeal

Zaka Tel-Aviv – Save Lives in Ukraine

 

Other organisations:

Polish Humanitarian Action Pajacyk – Polska Akcja Humanitarna

Humanity & Inclusion – Ukraine Emergency Appeal

Ukraine Charity, London

British-Ukrainian Aid

Keep the Kyiv Independent Going

Razom – Emergency Response

Nova Ukraine

 

Providing Shelter for Ukranian Refugees:

Refugees At Home

Refugees at Home is a UK charity which connects those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.

 

Coordinating Relief Efforts

Support Ukraine is coordinating donations and deliveries of essential goods, medicines, food products, special, medical equipment and ammunition, as well as volunteer registrations. The site is currently available in Ukrainian and will be in English shortly

Support Ukraine

 

Donating Goods for to help Ukraine’s refugees:

General – London donation points:

London – Humanitarian & In-kind donations for Ukraine

 

1. Team Lovelight: Refugee Emergency Packs for Ukrainians

To donate a pack, please see three different categories.  Each pack needs to be complete in a plastic bag and tied loosely in a knot.

Send deliveries to Katherine at:

45 Ryfold Road

London

SW19 8DF

 

-or- Justyna at:

Guinot Salon

Garret Lane

London

SW18 4HW

 

-or- Bethan at:

43 Lytton Grove

London

SW15 2HD

 

The packs needed are as follows:

  • Female Packs
    • Baby wipes
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Sanitary towels (ex, 5 out of a box)
    • Small hair shampoo
    • Soap
    • Flannel/Washcloth/Sponge
  • Male Packs
    • Razor
    • Small shaving foam
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Soap
    • Flannel/Washcloth/Sponge
  • Childrens’ Packs
    • Children’s toothpaste
    • Toothbrush
    • Flannel/Washcloth/Sponge
    • Baby wipes
    • Small toy if possible

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2. These donated items are needed, collection points are listed below:

  • Power banks (for charging phones)
  • Large and medium size backpacks
  • Male socks
  • Camping mats
  • Sleeping bags
  • Protein/Energy bars
  • Painkillers (e.g Ibuprofen)
  • Anti-flu medicine (Lempsip, etc)
  • Wound dressing materials
  • First aid kits
  • Warm blankets
  • Thermals/base layers
  • Hot water bottles
  • Insulated flasks
  • Baby food
  • Nappies
  • Feminine sanitary products

Note: They are not collecting clothes as they do not have sufficient storage at this time

Donated goods collection points

Holland Park:

Ukrainian House

154 Holland Park Avenue

London, W11 4UH

 

Twickenham

Prosperity Restaurant

59 York Street

London, TW1 3LP

Tel: 07853514567

Tue: 11AM-6PM

Wed- Sat: 11AM -9PM

Sun: 12AM-9PM

 

Stratford:

Restaurant XIX

369 Hight Street

London, E15 4QZ

Daily: 9AM-10PM

Maria: 07561322029

 

Leytonstone:

Former USSR Retail Shop

679-691 High Road Leyton

London, E10 6RA

Ask for Vadim

 

Hounslow:

Former USSR Retail Shop

79-83 High Street Hounslow

London, TW3 1RB

Ask for Valeriy

 

Barking:

USSR Barking Warehouse

Unit 8 Banksidepark Industrial Estate

28 Thames Road

Essex, IG11 0HZ

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3. Collection point organised by locals in Southwest London (Battersea)

 If you wish to help, here is a list of items that they are collecting:

  • Baby food (formula and baby food for weaning) and milk bottles
  • Nappies, sanitary pads, toiletries and other personal hygiene items
  • Warm clothes and shoes, particularly thermal clothes and baby items. Pre-loved items are very much welcome. They need clothes for all age groups from newborns to older children.
  • Canned/dry food and other nonperishables, protein bars
  • Duvets, pillows, bedding, towels, mattresses, sleeping bags, mats, tents. Power banks, flashlights, batteries
  • Medicine & first aid kits (painkillers for kids and adults, tourniquets, Israeli bandages). There is a need for medical-grade items and stronger medicine (painkillers and antibiotics)
  • Hothands, footwarmers for kids and adults
  • New (unworn) undergarments for kids & adults

Please drop off with Natalie (+447396085209) at 20 Foundry House

-or-

Olga (+447460541526, Apartment 3, 13 Gladstone Terrace). If dropping off with the Battersea Exchange concierge, please let Olga or Natalie know so they can collect.

If you wish to donate money, please get in touch with Natalie (+447396085209). The donated funds will be used to buy nappies, sanitary pads and toiletries.

All of the items will be transferred to camps and shelters in Western Ukraine (a town called Yaremche) and distributed between people evacuated from other parts of Ukraine. Natalie has direct contact with a person there who organises camps for displaced people – kids are arriving hourly. They are also working with grassroots and larger organizations within Ukraine to get the critical items to people under siege and attack in Kyiv and Eastern territories – unfortunately many were not able to get out and roads are not safe. The truck for Yaremche will leave on Thursday morning. They are aiming to send things out again over the weekend to get them to people as soon as possible.

 

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3. The White Eagle Club, Balham, London

211 Balham High Rd, London, SW17 7BQ

The White Eagle Club is collecting:

  • batteries
  • flashlights
  • candles
  • shoes (very good condition)
  • nappies
  • dry sanitary products
  • thermal clothes and shirts
  • long johns
  • gloves
  • painkillers
  • sleeping bags
  • duvets
  • blankets
  • pillows
  • sheets

For historical perspective on the Ukraine crisis, please read this.

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