Local Rotary takes action in Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis

As the humanitarian crisis surrounding Russia’s invasion worsens, a local group with Ukrainian ties is ready to take action.
Published: Mar. 3, 2022 at 7:18 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - As the humanitarian crisis surrounding Russia’s invasion worsens, a local group with Ukrainian ties is ready to take action.

The Northside Tallahassee Rotary has been working with orphans in Ukraine for 25 years.

Rotary members said they have now switched their focus and are collecting humanitarian aid and emergency items for the people of Ukraine.

They are now collecting money to buy essential items like food, medicines, bandages and generators for all Ukrainians.

“It’s hard because we know the people involved are people just like us,” said Joyce Dove, the Treasurer of Rotary Club of Tallahassee Northside.

Joyce Dove, who has been part of the club for 25 years, said they are focused on helping the people of Ukraine.

“Now they’re faced with the crisis of a lifetime and if there is any way we can help them by sending them funds to make additional food for people, get medical supplies for those who have been injured. We’re just going to do it,” Dove said.

All the funds received go directly to the international Lviv Rotary Club, a place Rotary Club Member Damon Victor has visited on several occasions.

“It was over there that we met many of these professionals with huge hearts, working sun up to sun down for these children in the hospital and it was there when we made the connection with the rotary over there too,” said Director of International Services Rotary Club of Tallahassee Northside.

Victor said he’s stayed in contact with friends and let them know that help is on the way.

“We’re worried about our friends. We are in constant contact with them and they are giving us updates as to where they’re at and staying safe the best they can, while they’re trying to help others,” Victor said.

Dove said when watching images and videos coming out of Ukraine, she noticed she had visited some of the places being hit by bombs.

“Everything they seem to be bombing seems to be something that we’ve gone to, been near, visited with, brought people to,” Dove said.

For more information on the organization and how to donate to help the people of Ukraine, click here.

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