Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly included several references to Ukraine as a region rather than a country.
Erie has stocked shipping containers with clothing and food and has helped drive fundraisers near or beyond their goals while local efforts continue in support of those affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Erie-based Logistics Plus has raised more than $638,000 with a target of $550,000 as of Monday to support the roughly 50 people the company employs in Ukraine. Logistics Plus started the fundraiser in late February, providing $500,000 of the amount.
Logistics Plus is also involved in bringing donations in kind to Ukraine. One of its warehouses Monday contained a variety of items raised by a fundraiser organized by state Rep. Bob Merski last week.
Logistics Plus fundraiser
Erie PA for Ukraine
The local organization Erie PA for Ukraine continues to collect cash and in-kind donations for shipment abroad.
A First Ukranian Pentecostal Church official said a great need remains for food and medical supplies, although all donations are needed and appreciated.
Items can be dropped off at the organization’s warehouse at 820 W. 20th St. in Erie on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m
For more information on the items being collected and how you can make a financial contribution, visit the organization’s Facebook page.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie
According to information on the website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, four Catholic churches in Erie also serve as drop-off points for donations to Ukraine.
Items donated will be collected from:
- Holy Trinity Parish, 2220 Reed St., 814-456-0671
- Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1531 East Grandview Blvd., 814-825-7313
- St. Hedwig’s Church, 521 E. Third St., 814-454-6263
- Saint Stanislaus Parish, 516 E. 13th St., 814-452-6606. Donors are asked to call ahead to make an appointment.
Bishop Lawrence Persico of the Catholic Diocese will be on Friday, the Feast of the Annunciation, after Mass at 6:30 a.m. at St. Peter Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St., the diocese said on Facebook. The Mass and Consecration will be available via live stream at https://stpetercathedral.com/live-stream/.
State Representative Bob Merski
Merski of Erie, D-2nd Dist., is hosting a “necessity drive” to help Ukrainian refugees arriving in Erie’s sister city, Lublin, Poland, which is about 70 miles from the Ukrainian border.
Items for pickup at Merski’s Erie office at 3901 Liberty St. between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays are:
- Blankets/thermal blankets/sleeping bags/sleeping mats (foiled)/mats
- Raincoats/men’s, women’s and children’s underwear/thermo-activated underwear
- Body soap/Body wash/Toothpaste/Toothbrushes/Hairbrushes
- Adult diapers/Child diapers/Sanitary napkins
- Reusable deep bowls, spoons, forks, knives, cups (food grade silicone or plastic).
- Paper towels / microfiber towels
- Reusable masks/packaging of disposable masks
- Meals: energy bars/dried fruit/nuts/tinned food/noodles
- Batteries/candles/personal first aid kits/antiseptics
“The residents of Lublin have opened their arms and hearts, but they need our help. Officials there have provided a list of needed items and I know that – as always in times of crisis – our community will stand up to help,” Merski said in a press release announcing the ride.
Support for ex-Otters players
According to the GoFundMe post created by Janis Ferguson, a GoFundMe account was set up to raise money for former Erie Otters player Alex Karaulchuk, who fled Kyiv to the Czech Republic with his family. The fund had raised $10,470 on Monday for a target of $15,000.
Former Erie Otter from Ukraine needs help ❤️ organized by Janis Ferguson
The funds will be deposited to help Karaulchuk and his family with rent, clothing and food until they find work, the post said.
YMCA of Greater Erie
The YMCA of Greater Erie announced on its website that the World Service Campaign USA YMCA is working in coordination with YMCA Ukraine, YMCA Europe and the World YMCA to serve people and communities affected by the conflict in Ukraine are.
Financial contributions are collected through YUSA to support Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons in emergency situations and to support the relief efforts. A link for donations is on the YMCA of Greater Erie website.
Presbyterian churches throughout Pennsylvania, including those in the Lake Erie Presbytery covering northwestern Pennsylvania, are accepting donations for humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. To donate as an individual or church, go to SynTrinity.org and click the green and white Donate Now button.