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Medical supplies headed to countries receiving Ukrainians displaced by Russian invasion

Two women kneeling on the floor look over a list of supplies they're preparing for humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Baylor Scott & White Health
Courtesy of Baylor Scott & White Health
Volunteers for Baylor Scott & White's Faith in Action initiative have been preparing pallets of medical supplies, non-perishable food items and hygiene kits for displaced Ukrainians overseas.

Baylor Scott & White Health is sending shipments of medical supplies and hygiene kits to Poland, Hungary and other countries receiving Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion of their country.

The Texas-based health care system’s Faith in Action initiative has been coordinating with the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation to ensure the packages end up in countries taking in displaced Ukrainians, such as Poland and Hungary.

Matthew Hoffman, director of Faith in Action, said he recently spoke with pastors in Ukraine.

“Just hearing their first-hand reports, it was both heartbreaking and also inspiring,” Hoffman said. “To hear of their love for their country, their love for freedom and their love for the people that they were going to be caring for.”

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Hoffman said volunteers and staff have been busy putting together palettes of medical supplies, nonperishable food items and hygiene kits. He said some of the supplies come from hospitals within the Baylor Scott & White system as well as from medical centers outside of Baylor’s network.

“There’s many times where there are items that are donated because they were overstocked or they might be classified as obsolete, but they’re still perfectly good,” Hoffman said. “Instead of those things ending up in a local landfill, we’re taking those, sorting them, processing them and putting them into the hands of good people doing good work.”

Hoffman said anyone interested in volunteering or donating supplies can call Faith in Action’s Second Life Resource Center at 214-818-1080.

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Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.