People and nations around the world have stepped up to help the people of Ukraine, and that includes students at Stony Brook University who are conducting relief drives for the citizens of the beleaguered nation.
A donation drive will take place on Wednesday, March 9, from noon to 2 pm in the Student Activities Center. Humanitarian supplies will be collected, including non-perishable food, clothing, bedding, hygiene products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, medication and first aid. Thomas Brinkley, a sophomore biology major, will take two suitcases full of items on March 10 to Bucharest, Romania, where he is volunteering to help Ukrainian refugees.
Any additional items collected will be delivered to a donation site in Brooklyn that sends the packages to the frontlines at no cost. Resident assistant (RA) and Ukraine native Maksim Narodnitskiy will deliver those items along with others that he is collecting at the RA offices at Chavez and Tubman Halls. Deadline for those donations is Thursday, March 10.
On Wednesday, March 9, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the classroom at Dewey Hall, a campus-wide initiative with RAs will collect letters of encouragement, which will be delivered by Brinkley to local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) helping Ukrainian refugees.
Brinkley has set up a GoFundMe that will direct proceeds to the American International School of Bucharest (AISB) to purchase and donate resources to local NGOs, which will travel from Bucharest to border cities to aid refugees. A Venmo initiative will also collect funds to purchase humanitarian supplies and resources from local vendors and markets. These resources will be donated directly to the NGOs in conjunction with the resources from the GoFundMe campaign.