SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As the Russian invasion continues to take a toll on Ukraine, more than 1.5 million civilians have fled the country. Companies in the Wilmington area are stepping up to collect donations to ship through their existing supply chains to those Ukrainians in need.
Moto Leader Global, a car shipping business in Navassa, and CIL Capital, a lessee of the airport, are filling shipping containers this week with desperately needed supplies: baby products, first aid, food, clothing and more. The donations must be new or nearly new.
The contributions will go to Ukrainians seeking refuge in Poland and those staying behind to defend the country.
“We know that Wilmington and the surrounding communities have a similar desire to help, and we are set up to do just that,” the companies wrote in a flier.
Weekly, Moto Leader Global and CIL Capital ship containers to Poland via Antwerp through its shipping partner, ICL. Products are exported from the Port of Wilmington to the companies’ European partner, where trucks carry the goods to Poland and Ukraine.
“This supply chain is already in place, and in just 13 days, all your donated items will be available for distribution to the Ukrainian people!!! Please consider donating your new or nearly-new items to this effort,” the flier reads.
Donations can be dropped off Tuesday, Mar. 8, through Thursday, Mar. 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CIL Capital, located at 805 N. 23rd St.
Moto Leader Global is collecting donations as of Monday, Mar. 7, and will continue through Friday, Mar. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, at 1270 Cedar Hill Rd. in Navassa.
There is also an Amazon link to order directly to the companies. Click here.
Here are the most requested items:
Refugee supplies: Baby formula, baby food, diapers, wipes, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, children’s Tylenol, feminine hygiene products, sleeping bags, linens, crayons, small toys and winter clothing
Medical supplies: First-aid kits, small and large bandages, elastic bandages, pain medication, hemostatic bandages, gauze/compresses, antibiotic ointments, disinfectants, anti-inflammatory medications, hydrogel, 5ml syringes, medical gloves, thermometers, scissors for cutting clothes, tourniquets, clamps, anti-bleeding gels/sticks, nasopharyngeal tubes, oropharyngeal tubes
Soldier supplies: Underwear, large and extra-large thermal underwear, cotton socks, stocking caps, winter clothing, balaclavas, gaiters, military boots, inserts for shoes, blankets, headlamps with red light, batteries
Food: Energy bars, ready-to-eat meals, instant food, canned food, energy drinks, packaged tea/coffee, fast cooking noodles, vitamins
Anyone with questions about donations should email Moto executive assistant Leslie Smith at Leslie.S@motoleader.global.
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