Chemung County donates relief trucks to Ukraine
ELMIRA, NY (WETM) – Trucks loaded with relief supplies for the people of Ukraine were loaded in front of the Hazlett building in downtown Elmira early today.
The effort was organized by Chemung County Executive Chris Moss and featured donations from several local churches, schools, businesses and chambers of commerce.
Supplies included first aid, personal hygiene items, diapers, formula, canned food and canned food. Supplies will be transported to Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Johnson City NY and packed in a shipping container before being sent to Ukraine.
Father Teodor Czabala Jr. of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church was on the effort and said, “…we want to try to make sure they have enough food to feed the children, the refugees and the soldiers who are on the ground…” Czabala added: “St. Nicholas has been in the region for almost 130 years as a parish, we have been an integral part of the Elmira region for a long time, many Ukrainians have lived in the region, raised their children here, paid their taxes here, we’re very grateful to everyone who helps us to help Ukrainians.
Vincent Azzarelli, Chemung County Civil Defense Director was also present at the event and said local residents can continue to help by contacting St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Elmira Heights on their website or by phone. at (607) 734-1221.
Groups interested in coordinating their own collection and adding donations to the county collection can contact the Office of the Executive at 607-873-1117 or [email protected]