Volunteers raise money to help cover cost of shipping donations to Ukraine

Volunteers raise money to help cover cost of shipping donations to Ukraine
Published: Mar. 12, 2022 at 8:33 PM EST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Saturday’s wintry weather did not stop the people of western Massachusetts from hosting a fundraiser for the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

Daigle’s Truck Master in Chicopee partnered with the Full Gospel Church in Westfield to put on the event.

Volunteers stood outside in rain, sleet and snow on Saturday morning collecting monetary donations that would benefit the people of Ukraine.

The goal of the Drive Thru Fill A Bucket Fundraiser is to raise money to ship donations across the world to Poland.

“It costs $2.30 for every pound of material on the plane,” organizer Susan Byrne explained, “so your average skid is over 700 pounds, so that’s over $700.”

Western Mass News spoke with Byrne who told us the motivation behind the event.

“It’s been miserable, but you know what, if the people in Ukraine can deal with what they’re dealing with, how can we not stand out in the rain and collect some money for the greater cause?” she said.

Volunteers we spoke with agreed.

“It’s cold, and the sleet is hitting my face, and hurts,” Raisa Polyova said.

Nevertheless, Polyova told us that their efforts were worth braving the winter weather.

“We do need money for Ukraine,” she said. “Any kind of help. I’m sure they have it worse than we do right now.”

Organizers told us that they spent the last week campaigning for donations. Before Saturday’s event, they had already collected over $12,000. However, more money is needed to ensure all donations that have been collected make it to Ukraine.

If you would like to donate, you can contact the Full Gospel Church in Westfield at (413) 579-5116, or click here to donate online.