Breakdown of war relief spending, first 14 weeks

Dear friends,

When the invasion began, you met the challenge of a humanitarian crisis with an outpouring of gifts. And you’ve been giving ever since. We want to share how your generosity has provided for the real needs of our community in Ukraine. 

The breakdown here shows our war relief expenditures through June 1, 2022 – about 14 weeks. There are three primary spending categories:

TRANSPORTATION: $49,000

The largest portion went to transportation. We purchased a new van during evacuations; your gifts also paid for hundreds of gallons of fuel for evacuations and multiple trips every week to deliver humanitarian aid around our region. This category also includes vehicle parts and repairs, as well as transportation for pastors and Christian friends serving in military units.

HUMANITARIAN AID SUPPLIES: $42,000

Almost a third of your donations purchased groceries, diapers, hygiene kits, food, clothing, footwear, and medications. Our team broke down bulk items, made family-sized packages, and shipped or delivered them. The recipients included our own orphaned youth and families; low-income families impacted by war; and displaced families who’ve fled the fighting farther east.

FIRST AID AND PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: $41,000

The rest benefited those defending Ukraine, including orphaned young adults. In addition to regular military, Zhytomyr’s “territorial guard” serves at the checkpoints and barricades that protect our city and villages. We supplied first aid, such as first aid kits, tourniquets, hemostatic bandages, and medications; protective equipment like knee pads, footwear, bulletproof vests, helmets, and sleeping gear; and miscellaneous supplies like flashlights, duct tape, tools, and walkie-talkies.

TOTAL WAR RELIEF SPENDING AS OF JUNE 1: $132,000

All of your gifts have kept our community safe, fed, and clothed. When we’re discouraged by the ongoing devastation of this crisis, we’re encouraged by how many of you have reached out to help. Thank you!

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Megan Hershey
Executive Director

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