As Valentine’s Day approaches, one group in Portland shows what real love means. Emmanuel Mercy Mission recently collected donations for medical supplies to help relieve the mass shortage in Ukraine. This Portland area mission gathered $900,000 of basic medical necessities from local individuals, manufacturers, and hospitals. The shipment full of diapers, crutches, wheelchairs, and other medical supplies is set to arrive in early April. There it will be divided and distributed to Ukrainian hospitals.
Since gaining its independence in 1991, the Ukraine has seen its share of fighting and war. The Eastern European country’s limited budget has left a gap in basic resources. The last four years have produced massive shortages, including water, power, and food. With the UN’s World Food Program set to withdraw aid due to lack of funds, humanitarian efforts like Emmanuel Mercy Mission’s are vital to keeping the country alive.
For Emmanuel Mercy Mission, this is more than just a love project. This Portland non-profit was started in 1992 by refugees. They knew from personal experience what blessings and hardships were. Seeing the need in the communities they left behind, the mission came together to provide humanitarian aid at home and abroad to people in need.
Collaborating the last four years with Medical Teams International, the mission has put together three shipments of medical supplies to help Ukraine’s hospitals. Efforts like these from Portland bolster more than just the physical health of Ukrainians, it reminds these forgotten people that they are loved.