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Direct Relief’s shipment of critical medical supplies arrives in Ukraine

Direct Relief warehouse employee helps load medical supplies for shipment.
Direct Relief warehouse employee helps load medical supplies for shipment.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Staff and volunteers with Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief are busy packing a new shipment of medical supplies that is expected to go out this week to war-torn Ukraine.

The yellow and blue Ukrainian flag hangs from the ceiling at Direct Relief (KEYT)

Tony Morain, Direct Relief's Vice President of Communications, told News Channel 3-12 that 65 pallets of medical aid, including sutures, insulin and other chronic disease medicine, are currently being built.

The shipment also includes pain relievers, prenatal vitamins and much more.

"Ukrainians caught in the crossfire and forced to flee their homes are facing unimaginable hardship, and Direct Relief is committed to doing all it can to help," said Morain.

A shipment that left Direct Relief's warehouse last week with 360 medical packs arrived in Ukraine over the weekend with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.

Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief's President and CEO, with medical pack. (KEYT)

Morain said Direct Relief is also arranging shipments of insulin and oxygen concentrators from within Europe to Ukraine.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Ukrainian cause or want to learn more about Direct Relief, click here.

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Beth Farnsworth

Beth Farnsworth is the evening anchor for KEYT News Channel 3. To learn more about Beth, click here

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